Lupita Nyong’o was honored Sunday evening with the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in director Steve McQueen’s epic drama 12 Years a Slave. The project would also take home Best Film and Screenplay honors, but it’s the heartfelt acceptance speech delivered by Nyong’o which served as the Oscars’ most memorable moment.
“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid,” said the Kenyan actress as she finished her speech. “Thank you.”
She was equally as memorable backstage as she answered various journalists’ questions. “I know I mean a lot to my countrymen and I am so grateful for that kind of support – from the entire world actually,” said Nyong’o. “The entire world did not have a say in whether I got this or not but the fact that I won in so many people’s hearts, that is incredible. And I am so grateful to that.”
Click on the audio below to hear Nyong’o talk about the importance of “allowing the impossible to be possible.”