Who is Lupita Nyong'o?

There are a lot of very young and talented women in this year's crop of Golden Globe nominees. (see: Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham, Zooey Deschanel ... ) But thanks to her memorable and moving performance in 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong'o is looking poised to be this year's award season darling and deservedly so.

The breakout star is poised to take home a Golden Globe on Sunday night, and will very likely be following that up with an Oscar. Her portrayal of Patsey in 12 Years a Slave was Nyong'o's first role in a feature film — prior to that she was the lead in MTV's award-winning drama series Shuga. She's also a 2012 Yale School of Drama grad. 

Look out for Nyong'o Sunday night. 


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Elena Sheppard

Elena is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at Mic. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Time Out New York, The New York Times Upfront, ABC News, and various travel publications. She is also a Princeton alum, a former Thailand resident, and a Brooklyn native.

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