Rounding out a stellar award season, Lupita Nyong’o snagged the highest honor she has been nominated for to date, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Patsey in 12 Years A Slave. Beating out Jennifer Lawrence performance in American Hustle, they 31-year-old actress has won her first Academy Award from her first role in a feature film. In her heartfelt acceptance speech, she acknowledge the importance of the story she helped bring to life.
“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,” she said. “And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey, for her guidance.”
Holding back tears, Nyong’o’s eloquent and gracious speech was concluded with an inspirational realization.
“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid,” she said.
Watch Lupita Nyong’o win her Best Supporting Actress Oscar below: