Lupita Nyong'o is the most beautiful black and proud actress in Hollywood at the moment and for good reasons too as she is the most talked about potential winner of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards coming up on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles, for her unforgettable role as the slave "Patsey" in Steve McQueen's critically acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave (2013) that has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture for Drama, and has received 10 nominations at the forthcoming 67th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) taking place on February 16, 2014 at the Royal Opera House in London and 9 Oscar nominations; including Best Picture, Best Director for McQueen, Best Actor for Ejiofor, Best Supporting Actor for Fassbender, and Best Supporting Actress for Nyong'o.
The 30-year-old Kenyan actress has already won Best Supporting Actress at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards and Screen Actors Guild Award.
“Lupita, only act if you can’t breathe without it,” Ralph Fiennes told her after she stumbled on the set of the Academy Award winning film The Constant Gardener in 2004. It was filmed on locations in Loiyangalani and the slums of Kibera, a section of Nairobi, Kenya. But the plot was based on a real-life case in Kano, Nigeria. The film was released in 2005.
Lupita Nyong'o will be honored at Essence magazine's seventh annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon on Feb. 27, 2014.
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~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.