Lupita pays tribute to slave for her win

By Drum Digital
03 March 2014

Lupita Nyong'o won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in harrowing historical drama "12 Years a Slave, earning a standing ovation as she took the stage.

A tearful Nyong'o paid tribute to her slave character Patsey, saying: "It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else's."

The actress, who turned 31 on Saturday, beat fellow nominees Sally Hawkins ("Blue Jasmine"), Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle"), Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County") and June Squibb ("Nebraska").

Harrowing historical drama "12 Years a Slave" was crowned best picture Oscar on Sunday, while 3D space thriller "Gravity" was the top prize winner at the 86th Academy Awards with seven.

"12 Years a Slave" won three Oscars overall: best picture, best adapted screenplay and best supporting actress for Kenya's Lupita Nyong'o for her searing turn as a brutalized slave.

The best picture race had been so close that the winner could have come down to only a few votes, under the Academy's preferential voting system.

Under the rules, voters ranked all nine nominated films: "American Hustle," "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Gravity," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena," "12 Years a Slave" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Those with the least first-place votes were dropped, and their votes given to the next highest-ranked nominees. This continues until one movie had 50 percent plus one vote.

Sunday's star-studded Oscars broadcast featured performances by Irish rockers U2, playing their nominated song from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and by Idina Menzel, who sang the Oscar-winning "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen."

It also celebrated the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz" with a reunion of Judy Garland's three children Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft, while Pink sang "Over the Rainbow."

- SAPA

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