Tonight at the 86th annual installment of the Oscars, actress Lupita Nyong’o from 12 Years a Slave won best supporting actress. Nyong’o was up against actresses Sally Hawkins, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, and June Squibb. Nyong’o played Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, and was the closest friend main character, Solomon Northup, had when in slavery. Her most memorable scene was one where she receives a brutal flogging from her plantation owner after traveling to another plantation so she could get soap, which she had been denied access to.
In her speech, Nyong’o stated, “It doesn’t escape me that so much joy in my life has come from so much pain in someone else’s,” and when addressing her co-stars and director, Steve McQueen, “Thank you for putting me in this position; it has been the joy of my life… I’m certain the dead are standing around you and saluting you.”