Twitter celebrates Lupita Nyong'o's Oscar win

The "12 Years a Slave" actress delivered a flawless, powerful speech at the awards ceremony

Published March 3, 2014 3:33AM (EST)

  (John Shearer/invision/ap)
(John Shearer/invision/ap)

Lupita Nyong'o, the stunning and inspirational actress who burst into Hollywood with her Oscar-winning role in "12 Years a Slave," brought the audience in Dolby Theater (and on the Internet, apparently) to tears with her emotional speech. "When I look down at this statue," she said as she accepted her award for best supporting actress, "may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you are from, your dreams are valid."

It was exciting:

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People cried:

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Watch her speech here:

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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