LUPITA NYONG'O (Nakia) made her feature debut in Steve
Award winning film "12 Years a Slave" alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael
and Brad Pitt. For her portrayal as Patsey, Nyong'o received the Academy Award
category of Best Supporting Actress as well as multiple accolades including the
Actors Guild Award, the Critics' Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award,
Award and the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards New Hollywood Award.
Nyong'o recently wrapped production on Australian zombie comedy-horror
"Little Monsters" opposite Josh Gad and Alexander England. England plays a
musician, Dave, who goes on his nephew's school trip as he has a crush on the
Miss Caroline (Nyong'o). Dave's intentions are complicated by the presence of
world-famous kids show personality, Teddy McGiggle (Gad), who also has eyes for
Caroline. A sudden zombie outbreak then throws the trip into chaos. Abe Forsythe
writes and directs.
In 2016 Nyong'o starred in Mira Nair's "The Queen of Katwe," opposite David
and Madina Nalwanga. Based on the bestselling book of the same name, the Disney
is an inspirational true story about Phiona Mutesi who overcomes abject poverty
become an international chess master. Her portrayal of Phiona's fierce yet
mother, Harriet, earned her a nomination for an NAACP award for Outstanding
Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.
Also in 2016, Nyong'o lent her voice to Jon Favreau's "The Jungle Book" as
Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Sir Ben Kingsley and Christopher
Nyong'o earned a Tony nomination for her 2016 Broadway debut in Danai
play "Eclipsed." It tells the story of five extraordinary women brought together
upheaval of war in their homeland Liberia. Prior to moving to Broadway, the play
limited run at the Public Theatre. "Eclipsed" was nominated for a further five
Awards, including Best Play, and won in the category of Best Costume Design.
In December 2015, Nyong'o starred in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force
alongside Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. Nyong'o
life Maz Kanata, the motion-captured character. The film was distributed by
December 18, 2015. She reprised this role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written
directed by Rian Johnson, which Disney released on December 15, 2017.
As a filmmaker, Nyong'o is set to produce and star in the onscreen adaptation
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's bestselling novel "Americanah," the sweeping
that spans three continents of Ifemelu and Obinze, two Nigerians who face the
complexities of race and identity away from home and each other.
Nyong'o served as the creator, director, editor and producer of the
feature-length documentary, "In My Genes." The documentary follows eight Kenyans
who have one thing in common: they were born with albinism, a genetic condition
causes a lack of pigmentation. In many parts of the world, including Kenya, it
condition that marginalizes, stigmatizes, and even endangers those who have it.
highly visible in a society that is predominantly black, the reality of living
with albinism is
invisible to most. Through her intimate portraits, Nyong'o enables viewers to
challenges, humanity and everyday triumphs.
In 2019, Simon & Schuster Books will publish "Sulwe," Nyongo's debut book.
or the preferential treatment of those with lighter skin, is an issue across the
impacts children from a young age. Nyong'o herself has experienced the harmful
of colorism, and has spoken about how it hurt her self-image as a child. In "Sulwe,"
illustrated children's book, she candidly shares the consequences of growing up
world that favors lighter skin, offering a healing story that will entertain
children from all
backgrounds while providing a story that helps them see beauty in themselves and
Nyong'o graduated from the Yale School of Drama's acting program where her
additional stage credits included playing Perdita in "The Winter's Tale" (Yale
Theater), Sonya in "Uncle Vanya," Katherine in "The Taming of the Shrew," as
being in the original production of Michael Mitnick's "Elijah."
She currently resides in New York.
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