Watch: Lupita Nyong’o Gives Emotional Oscar’s Acceptance Speech

Photo Credit: ABC/Daily Motion
Photo Credit: ABC/Daily Motion

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

There’s no doubt that very beautiful and talented actress Lupita Nyong’o blew up something serious with her stand out role in “12 Years a Slave,” so we had a pretty strong feeling she would walk away with the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. And we’re sure glad we were right.

Interestingly enough, the best part of Lupita’s win was her acceptance speech because not only was it emotional, but it was extremely motivational.

She says:

Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. 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. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own.
Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position, it’s been the joy of my life. [Tears, applause.] I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they are grateful and so am I.

Chiwetel, thank you for your fearlessness and how deeply you went into Solomon, telling Solomon’s story. Michael Fassbender, thank you so much. You were my rock. Alfre and Sarah, it was a thrill to work with you. Joe Walker, the invisible performer in the editing room, thank you. Sean Bobbitt, Kalaadevi, Adruitha, Patty Norris, thank you, thank you, thank you — I could not be here without your work.

I want to thank my family, for your training [laughs] and the Yale School of Drama as well, for your training. My friends the Wilsons, this one’s for you. My brother Junior sitting by my side, thank you so much, you’re my best friend and then my other best friend, my chosen family.

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. Thank you.



“12 Years a Slave” also won Best Picture too. Watch the speech below:


  1. She is such a breath of fresh air. I hope she continues to be successful in the industry because she is very talented.

  2. It was just great to see a dark skinned woman win an Oscar and speak for eloquently in front of the world. So often it’s women of color with lighter tones that get the awards. She is a class act.

    1. I totally agree! Halle’s win was wonderful, and her speech was beautiful in it’s tribute to those who came before, on whose shoulders she stood. But watching Lupita last night through my tears was watching a sister who looked exactly like me, and that was absolutely wonderful. “…your dreams are valid” indeed.

    2. I’m just so glad that a black woman won it! No matter what color variation her skin tone may be, she represented all of us last night with real pose and integrity. She was beautiful and that speech was fantastic! They got me reading the book!

  3. “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.” (POWERFUL!)

  4. I knew she was going to win! I had to flip back and forth from The Walking Dead and the Oscars just so I could see her walk on that stage and slay! I love her!

  5. Thanks for posting this UB. I was really moved by her speech last night. She is the epitome of beauty and grace.

  6. I am glad a sista won but I am not a fan. She made some disrespectful statements on TMZ regarding black American history that reality pissed me off. Someone should explain to her that if it wasn’t for Black Americans dieing in the streets at the hands of whites or getting beat just to have the right to ride on the front of the bus, no one wouldn’t even know her name. It is really sad that some Africans have no love for us while we continue to fight for them. We are one……….pass it on

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