A tearful Lupita Nyong’o accepts the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in 12 Years A Slave
The emotional star thanked director Steve McQueen for casting her in a film which she said had “been the joy of my life”.
She said: “I’m certain the dead are standing about you and they are grateful and so am I”.
The slavery epic was named Best Picture, and also picked up the award for best adapted screenplay on a night when it seemed – for a while at least – that Gravity was going to sweep the board.
Brad Pitt, who helped produce the film, which is based on the story of a free New Yorker, Solomon Northup, kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South of the United States, praised the man who “brought us all together to tell that story – that is the indomitable Mr Steve McQueen”