Actress Lupita Nyong’o accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for 12 Years a Slave. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Lupita Nyong’o, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of a slave in 12 Years a Slave, gave a classy acceptance speech. “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. Nyong’o concluded: “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.”
The actress was born in Mexico, raised in Kenya and educated in the U.S. at Yale’s drama school.
When Solomon Northrup was freed, 12 years after he was kidnapped and sold into slavery, the New York Times had the story. I wondered why the abolitionist who rescued Solomon Northrup had the same last name. Henry Northrup was a descendant of the family that originally owned Solomon Northrup’s ancestors.