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Lupita Nyong'o Wins Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

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Lupita Nyong'o has won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave.

In a tradition that we've come to love of her, Nyong'o delivered another emotional speech that left British actor Benedict Cumberbatch in tears. "It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to someone else's pain," said Nyong'o referring to the story of Patsey, the enslaved woman she portrayed in the film based on Solomon Northup's memoir.

"No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid," she continued.

The win comes a day after the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood honoree celebrated her 31st birthday by taking home an Independent Spirit Award. She won the same category at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Critics Choice Awards earlier this year.

Nyong'o beat out Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), and Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), both Oscar winners.

Oprah was among the celebrities to congratulate Nyong'o. "So happy So Proud," she tweeted.

Watch Lupita's emotional Oscar speech below:

PHOTO GALLERY: Red Carpet Recap: 2014 Academy Awards

  • Lupita Nyong'o accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for 12 Years a Slave onstage during the Oscars in Hollywood, California.
  • Director Steve McQueen, winner of Best Motion Picture for Twelve Years A Slave poses in the press room during the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
  • Viola Davis attends the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.
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