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Oscars 2014: Best supporting actress Lupita Nyong’o crowned red carpet queen before winning accolade for 12 Years A Slave

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It was an emotional night for the cast and crew of 12 Years A Slave, as the film took home the award for Best Picture at Sunday night’s Oscars.

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Producer Brad Pitt thanked the Academy for the ‘incredible’ win, while director Steve McQueen praised his mother Mary for her ‘hardheadedness’ and said the film was about the will ‘not just to survive but to live’.

However, it was Lupita Nyong’o’s heartfelt acceptance speech, as she took to the stage to accept Best Supporting Actress, that really struck a chord with the audience.

Lupita told the assembled crowd: ‘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.

I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they are grateful and so am I.’

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