|Ecstatic Nyong'o picking her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress|
British-born filmmaker, Steve McQueen has made history as the first black director given Oscar for the best picture.
Also, Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyongo, 31, picked Best Supporting Actress for her role as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave.
McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave won the Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night. For the first time since Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave its first Oscars in 1929, Hollywood has conferred its top honor to the work of a black director.
“Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live,” McQueen said, and dedicated the film to those who had endured slavery, both in the past and in the present.
Nyong’o Oscar feat came after she won the same category at the Screen Actors Guild, a well-known test event for the Oscar winners.
Born in Mexico City, but raised in Kenya, Nyong'o was just three weeks away from graduating at Yale Drama School when director, McQueen cast her for the role.