On this week’s Inside the Actors Studio on Ovation TV, Lupita Nyong’o talks with Uzo Aduba about her Academy Award win in 2014 for Best Supporting Actress in 12 Years a Slave.
“For your performance you won numerous awards including the Academy Award for best supporting actress. In your acceptance speech you said, “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.” What did you mean?,” asks Aduba.
When talking about her dress and her award, Nyong’o says, “One of the inspirations was the bubbles of champagne and I felt like that. I felt just effervescent and I just remember thinking, “Wow, I psyched myself out from acting for so long because I didn’t think it was my dream to have,” and here I am somehow. The universe has conspired to bring me here and really that’s where that came from. Just recognizing that it didn’t matter that I was from Kenya, that I had a dream for myself. I envisioned it. I articulated it and then I went after it and I was there.”
“You said Cinderella, which is I think the entire world had that feeling watching you because you had excelled overnight. We got to see this remarkable, but well-earned moment come to life and you went from being in school to now winning an Oscar,” says Aduba.
Inside the Actors Studio season finale with Lupita Nyong’o and Uzo Aduba airs on Ovation TV Sunday December 15 at 10pm.