About the nominee
Lupita Nyong'o was born in Mexico, raised in Kenya and educated in the USA, where she graduated from the Yale School of Drama's acting program. Her career began on the stage with roles in The Winter's Tale, Uncle Vanya, The Taming of the Shrew, as well as the original production of Michael Mitnick's Elijah.
Lupita made a stunning feature debut as Patsy, in Steve McQueen's unflinchingly brutal 12 Years a Slave. This breakthrough performance was honoured with the New Hollywood Award at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards and helped to cement her place on Variety’s prestigious annual 10 Actors to Watch list.
As well as acting, Lupita is also an award-winning film-maker. She wrote, directed, and produced In My Genes; a fascinating documentary about the treatment of Kenya’s often misunderstood albino population.
12 years a Slave (2013)