Fassbender, Pitt and a Kenyan Oscar nominee
Kenya has been in the spotlight for a lot of reasons – our budding athletes, our weird MPs, the ICC cases of our president and his deputy and now, drum rolls…Lupita Nyong’o brings Kenya to the limelight once again.
She makes her debut in Hollywood, starring in Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated film, 12 Years a Slave, alongside A list actors like Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender. Lupita plays a slave called Patsey in a performance that has earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. During the premier of the movie at the Toronto Film Festival, Lupita was also voted among the top 10 Best Dressed by Vogue.
This movie takes things to a whole new level for the Kenyan actress who previously starred in the Kenyan miniseries Shuga. Kenya’s biggest movie of 2012, Nairobi Half Life was an Oscar contender, which never got the prestigious nomination that Lupita has achieved. Although, she has been pitted against Academy Award winner Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey, Nyong’o’s role has been praised by critics as a notable performance from a new comer.
Posted on September 18, 2013, in Film/TV and tagged 12 years a slave, academy award winner, best supporting actress, brad pitt, julia roberts, lupita nyong'o, michael fassbender, oprah winfrey, oscar contender, oscar nomination, steve mcqueen, toronto film festival. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.