To watch or not to watch? That was the question plaguing 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o on Wednesday night when she and her best friend were debating whether to watch Thursday’s Oscar nominations when they were scheduled to broadcast early Thursday morning.
“I wasn’t sure I wanted to see it live,” said the actress, who is staying in Los Angeles for the slew of award shows happening in the next week. “We weighed the pros and cons of waking up so early, but we decided it was better to hear it from the horse’s mouth. I knew I would hear about it anyway, so I might as well hear it along with everyone else.”
The news couldn’t have been better for the actress who landed her first Oscar nomination Thursday for her first feature film, playing the role of tortured slave Patsey.
Nyong’o, who has a history of performing on stage and directed her own video short, has found the whole campaigning process to be enlightening.
“Everything is so new. It’s really hard to pick out one thing that stands out above the other. It’s all standing out to me,” she says. “I’m living in a very heightened state.”
Living in such an altered state didn’t come as that much of a surprise to Nyong’o, who says that she knew 12 Years was unique from the moment she was hired for the job.
“I always knew that it would be like nothing else, and every day was confirmation of just how awesome this is. Really. This has been an elevated experience from the day I was cast in this film.”