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. This has been the joy of my life [weeps and audience applauds]. I’m certain that the dead are standing about you, watching and they are grateful. And so am I.
Chiwetel, thank you for your fearlessness and how deeply you went into telling Solomon’s story. Michael Fassbender, thank you. You were my rock. Alfre [Woodard] and Sarah [Paulson], it was a thrill to work with you. Joel Walker, the invisible performer in the editing room. 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.
When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you are from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.By Lupita Nyong’o’s acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress for her gripping peformance in 12 Years A Slave (via thechanelmuse)