Oscars 2014: Lupita Nyong’o Gives Emotional Acceptance Speech

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Mexican-born Lupita Nyong’o gave an emotional acceptance speech while receiving her award for Best Supporting Actress at last night's 86th Academy Awards. 

The 12 Years A Slave actress teared up on-stage and she thanked the cast and crew of the film, her family, and of course, her inspiration - Patsey, the character she played in the historical drama. 

“It does not escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone’s else,” Nyong’o, 31, said. “And so, I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance.”

After sending thanks you to her co-stars, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, the Kenyan star left the audience with one final piece of poignant advice.

Grasping her Oscar in one hand, she tearfully pleaded with the audience, “May it remind me and every little child that no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid.”

Nyong’o beat out fellow actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, June Squibb, and Sally Hawkins. The film 12 Years A Slave also won big -- it took home the coveted Best Picture award!

Watch the full video of her acceptance speech at Just Jared

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Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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