In the perfect culmination to a flawless award season, red carpet darling Lupita Nyong’o brought a number of Hollywood A-listers to tears as she accepted her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 86th Academy Awards.
From the look of unabashed joy on her face as she won to “Pure Imagination” playing as she walked off the stage after an eloquent, inspirational speech, it was the epitome of an Oscar moment.
But first she had to get to the stage, which took a while because pretty much every star wanted to hug her as she walked up the aisle (and who could blame them?). Once she got there, her mouth agape, she delivered another classy speech — a speech that brought “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen, costar Benedict Cumberbatch and Channing Tatum (and probably you) to tears. Read the full speech below:
“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, 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 has been the joy of my life. I’m certain that the dead are standing above you and watching and they’re grateful and so am I.
“Chiwetel, thank you for your fearlessness, and how deeply you went into Solomon’s story. Michael Fassbender, thank you so much, you are my rock. Alfre and Sarah, it was a thrill to work with you. Joe Walker, the invisible performer in the editing room, thank you. [Other assorted people involved with the movie], thank you thank you thank you, I could not be here without you.
“I want to thank my family for your training and the Yale School of Drama for your training. My friends, the Wilsons, this one’s for you! My brother, Junior, sitting by my side, thank you so much. You are my best friend, and Ben my other best friend, my chosen family.
“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that your dreams are valid. Thank you.”