Our African Princess, Academy Award Winner, Fashion Icon Lupita Nyong’o, 31 years old, is one of Brooklyn’s best! We can’t totally claim her because she is a product of Kenya, Africa but she has settled into Fort Greene’s section of Brooklyn for a while now. The Brooklyn-based actress rose to the task and then some of playing the 19th century slave, Patsey, an object of obsession for her cruel master (Michael Fassbender). She deserved that award and all other awards that she has received during this amazing Awards season!
Lupita’s speech was one of the best for the night! She was humble, graceful and reminded us all to keep dreaming! Here is what she said:
Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own.
Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position, it’s been the joy of my life. [Tears, applause.] I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they are grateful and so am I.
Chiwetel, thank you for your fearlessness and how deeply you went into Solomon, telling Solomon’s story. Michael Fassbender, thank you so much. You were my rock. Alfre and Sarah, it was a thrill to work with you. Joe Walker, the invisible performer in the editing room, thank you. Sean Bobbitt, Kalaadevi, Adruitha, Patty Norris, thank you, thank you, thank you — I could not be here without your work.
I want to thank my family, for your training [laughs] and the Yale School of Drama as well, for your training. My friends the Wilsons, this one’s for you. My brother Junior sitting by my side, thank you so much, you’re my best friend and then my other best friend, my chosen family.
When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.
Lupita you are the true essence of beauty, class and grace. An amazing actress that is just getting started! Brooklyn congratulates you !
Just because she is so beautiful and talented, lets run down our fave award season looks!