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Lupita Nyong'o: Best supporting actress and best dressed

Lupita won the Academy Award for best supporting actress in her feature film debut role in 12 Years a Slave.
Lupita won the Academy Award for best supporting actress in her feature film debut role in 12 Years a Slave.
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Lupita Nyong'o etched her place in history with a well-deserved Oscar win, and she did it in a way that will have people talking for a long time.

From the moment she hit the red carpet, she was on everyone’s best dressed list as she stunned and captivated photographers in an ice blue Prada gown accentuated by a gold and diamond headband from Fred Leighton.

A graduate of the Yale University School of Drama, Lupita walked away with the award for best supporting actress in her feature film debut for her riveting portrayal of "Patsey" in acclaimed director, Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave.

In her emotional and moving acceptance speech, she thanked many people-even remembering her make-up artist and hairstylist-and wrapped her unforgettable speech with a powerful statement,

“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. “

Lupita is featured in the March issue of Essence and discusses the audition process for the role.

She states she had ‘several grueling auditions, one of which included her delivering lines on her knees for more than an hour.’