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Lupita Nyong’o

2014 Speaker

Lupita Nyong’o made her feature debut in Steve McQueen’s Academy Award® winning film “12 Years a Slave.”For her portrayal as Patsey, Nyong’o received the Academy Award® in the category of “Best Supporting Actress” as well as numerous awards such as the Screen Actors Guild® award and the Critics’ Choice award. This summer she begins production on the J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Next she will lend her voice to Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” as well as co-produce and star in a film based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel “Americanah.” Nyong’o is also a filmmaker, having served as the creator, director, editor and producer of the award-winning feature-length documentary, “In My Genes,” about the treatment of Kenya’s albino population.  Nyong’o is a Lancôme Brand Ambassadress and was seen as one of the faces of the Miu Miu Spring 2014 campaign.