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Lupita Nyong’o on Oscar win: ‘I can’t believe this is real life’

It has been quite the birthday week for Lupita Nyong’o. The 31-year-old actress took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress Sunday night at the 86th Academy Awards. After delivering one of the most memorable and inspirational acceptance speeches, the “12 Years a Slave” star expressed just how shocked she was. As the New York Daily News reports on March 3, the actress is “dazed.”

Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.
(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Although Nyong’o was a favorite to win the award, the moment was still a shock for the actress who has come a long way in fulfilling a dream.

“I’m a little dazed, I can’t believe this is in my hands. I can’t believe this is real life. I’m just, I don’t, know, I’m really overwhelmed.”

Nyong’o didn’t hold back in expressing just how grateful she is to those who have helped her on her journey. During her acceptance speech she thanked those in her life who have been an inspiration, including her cast mates and director Steve McQueen. She also made reference to the “spirits” around her.

“It was something I said with regards to Steve McQueen. I think he really honored a people that really have been unsung for a really long time. I just feel that their spirits have been honored.”

The greatest message of Lupita Nyong’o’s win is the journey of self-discovery. All that she has had to overcome was exemplified in the smile she delivered when she took the podium with the little golden man in her hands. She believed in herself and in doing so, a dream became possible.

“What I’ve learned from myself is that I don’t have to be anybody else, and that myself is good enough. And that when I’m being true to that self, then I can avail myself to extraordinary things such as this. …I didn’t think it was necessarily possible, but I didn’t cancel it out of my realm of possibility, and I think that’s the thing, you have to allow for the impossible to be possible.”

The path of possibilities is just starting for Lupita Nyong’o, winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.