And the Oscar goes to Lupita Nyong'o! I don't have anything more to say about her impact on pop culture, or my feelings about her that hasn't already been said, or that I didn't say the last time I mentioned her, but I am beyond over the moon that the academy gave her the recognition she deserved. 12 Years A Slave is a powerful film with many powerful performances, but Lupita, as a newcomer, really stood out for bringing the visceral pain of Patsey to life. Her performance was heart-wrenching and triggering as hell, but it was worth it to see that pain be so passionately portrayed, when stories of slavery are so often diluted in order to assuage white guilt.
With last night's win, Lupita becomes only the 7th black woman to take home an Oscar in the academy's 75 year history. That's MAJOR. I love everything about this woman; her talent, her humility, her poise and her style. I love her conscious acknowledgement of what her visibility means for black women, and especially dark skinned black women. I love that she constantly pays respect to the women who came before her and gave her to confidence to believe that she was worthy. I love her understanding of her place in Hollywood because of her skin colour and her willingness to be vocal about pushing against it. Lupita is such a spectacular woman and talent and she deserved the hell out of this award. I only hope that this win translates into a huge career, full of meaty roles worthy of a woman of her talents. Don't ever sleep on us black girls. We are coming for you, and we're taking over.