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Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave in 2014
What got Oscar’s attention? Nyong’o, who appeared in a few TV projects before her big-screen debut, is enjoying ”a star is born” talk for her debut work in the chilling Steve McQueen drama as viewers haven’t been able to shake her portrayal of long-suffering slave Patsey.
Did she win? Yes
What happened next? Nyong’o glided through a small part in 2014’s Non-Stop, an action thriller starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore. —Erin Strecker
January 16 2014 — 12:00 AM EST