Lupita Nyong’o is a Mexican born Kenyan Actor who studied film and theatre studies in Hampshire College and graduated with a Degree. She worked on many films including The Constant Gardener. She returned to Kenya in 2008 and starred in Shuga Television Series. In 2009, she wrote, directed and produced In My Genes, a documentary about the mistreatment of Albinos in Kenya. She later joined the Yale school of Drama and appeared in many production.
She made her American Film Debut in Steve McQueens directed film, 12 years a slave where she played as Patsey. This was just after her graduation from Yale University. 12 years a slave is a 2013 British-American historical drama film, a adaptation of the 1853 autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in washington, DC in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before his release. On tuesday night she went on and won the New Hollywood Award in the 17th edition of Hollywood Film Award at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, California.
Watch her acceptance speech below.