In a moving acceptance speech, Nyong'o said: "It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else's" – the slaves whose story was told in Solomon Northup's memoir on which the film was based.
She thanked her co-stars and her director Steve McQueen, saying: "Thank you for putting me in this position; it has been the joy of my life … I'm certain that the dead are standing around you and saluting you."
She concluded with a message to children everywhere: "No matter where you're from, you dreams are valid."
Congrats to her. Winning an Oscar isn't easy at all. Some of the biggest names in Hollywood still haven't picked that award. Leonardo di Caprio, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise are just a few of the people on that list.