Oscars Backstage: Lupita Nyong'o Says ‘You Have to Allow for the Impossible to be Possible’

Oscars Backstage: Lupita Nyong'o Says 'You Have to Allow for the Impossible to be Possible'

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Best Supporting Actress winner says film shines light on painful chapter in American history

Best Supporting Actress Winner Lupita Nyong'o credited “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen with shining a light on a painful chapter in American history, and resurrecting the memories of group of men and women whose names and lives might have otherwise been expunged.

“He's really honored a people that really have been unsung for a really long time,” Nyong'o told media backstage at the Academy Awards on Sunday. “I just feel that their spirits have been honored.”

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Nyong'o's devastating performance as Patsey, a slave whose abuses and torments lead her to contemplate suicide, dazzles academy voters, who gave the actress a standing ovation as she accepted her honor.

Nyong'o said the recognition has yet to sink in.

“I'm just so happy to be holding this golden man,” Nyango said.

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The 31-year-old actress was largely unknown before “12 Years a Slave,” a Best Picture nominee, hit screens this year. Her journey from obscurity to Oscar taught her valuable lessons about herself.

“When I'm being true to myself, I can avail myself to extraordinary things such as this,” Nyong'o said.  ”You have to allow for the impossible to be possible.”

  • Jim

    The award winning actress who got the most kisses!

  • stopkidding

    The blackest mess in attendance who got the award because she is black, ugly, manly, and was in a black movie. It is now only fashionable to be black, especially ugly black, or to be gay. If you are black AND gay you have it made. We can only hope she will go back to her hut in the jungle in africa from where they plucked her.