Why Lupita Nyong'o Was The Star Of The Oscars 2014

Why Lupita Nyong'o Was The Star Of The Oscars 2014

The 12 Years A Slave actress won over the crowd with her heartfelt acceptance speech for Best Supporting actress

Lupita Nyong'o had one hell of a night at the Oscars 2014.

The 31-year-old actress, who looked gorgeous in her custom-made sky-blue Prada frock, fought of stiff competition from Jennifer Lawrence and Sally Hawkins to scoop the coveted Best Supporting actress gong for her esteemed performance in 12 Years A Slave.

In her emotional acceptance speech, the tearful Mexico-born star said: 'It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else's', referring to the slaves whose story was told in Solomon Northup's moving cinematic memoir.

Lupita went on to thank her co-stars and director Steve McQueen, saying: 'Thank you for putting me in this position; it has been the joy of my life. I'm certain that the dead are standing around you and saluting you.'

'No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid', she concluded with her message to children worldwide.

Lupita Nyong'o dances with Pharrell Williams at the Oscars 2014

12 Years A Slave also took home the award for Best Picture at the star-studded ceremony at LA's Dolby Theatre, after which Lupita went on to steal our hearts once again when she got up for a cheeky bump 'n' grind with Pharrell Williams during his high-energy Happy performance. Girl's got moves!

And we weren't the only ones crushing on Lupita last night, either. J-Law was spotted gossiping with the gorgeous star at the Oscars after-parties after privately telling friends that she wanted Lupita to win because 'she so deserves it'.

Lupita, welcome to our girl crush list.

By Robyn Munson

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