The Star (Nairobi)

18 January 2014

Kenyans Laud Lupita Nyong'o's Oscar Nomination

12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup ... ( Resource: 12 Years a Slave Trailer

IT was a fantastic day for Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o at Hollywood on Thursday, as she scored a double in a single day.

The 12 Years a Slave breakout star was first honoured with an Oscar nomination, becoming the first Kenyan to be picked for the academy awards. Later that night, the 30-year-old film star celebrated being announced the Best Supporting Actress winner at the Broadcast Critics Award for her outstanding role in the movie.

After her Oscar nomination, social media went berserk with messages of congratulations for Lupita.

Lupita posted on twitter: "We've been nominated for the #AcademyAwards!! Thanking the man who put me in this amazing position #SteveMcQueen." Another post from her read: "Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep."

On Facebook, Kenyan star actress Lizz Njagah posted: "She got this.. Congratulations Lupita! Yay!"

One of Hollywood's biggest filmhouses, Fox Searchlight Pictures, posted on its official twitter page: "Congratulations to Lupita Nyong'o on her #Oscar nomination for for Best Supporting Actor for #12YearsASlave!"

Okumu Jessie ‏posted: "The sky sure is the limit for #LupitaNyongo..congratulations."

Kenyan-based Greek filmmaker Alex Konstantaras posted on Facebook: "Lupita Nyong'o has been nominated for the Oscars Academy awards in the "best supporting role actress." #inspired #challenged There is no stopping her I tell you. Congratulations Lupita."

TV personality Janet Mbugua wrote on twitter: "Huge #congrats #LupitaNyongo on your #OscarNominations today #best supporting for #12YearsASlave."

Amanda Overend ‏posted: "#LupitaNyongo is one of the most exquisite black women I have ever seen. Her body is to die for."

Uzo Aduba ‏wrote: "The brilliance that is @12YearsASlaveUK & the gorgeous work of @Lupita_Nyongo ; neither will soon be erased from my mind. Brava. #OscarNoms."

Industrialist Chris Kirubi posted on twitter: "I would like to congratulate @Lupita_Nyongo and more so her parents for giving her the opportunity to develop her talent."

On twitter, Dr Paula Kahumbu ‏posted: "Celebrating Kenya's Lupita Nyongo 4 nomination Best Supporting Actress in 12 Years a Slave. #proudlykenyan."

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