Oscars: Lupita Nyong'o Breaks Down In Tears After Win

Lupita Nyong'o wins Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong'o wins Best Supporting Actress

Lupita Nyong’o won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at Sunday’s Academy Awards and the “12 Years a Slave” star was overcome with emotion as she accepted the honor.

“It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsy for her guidance,” she said during her speech, referencing the real life woman whose story she told in “12 Years.” “And for Solomon [Northup], thank you for telling her story and your own.”

As the fashion favorite began to thank the film’s director, she started to become visibly emotional.

PHOTOS: Style Darling Lupita Nyong’o

“Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position,” she said, as she began to cry. “It has been the joy of my life.”

After taking a moment to compose herself, the 31-year-old actress thanked her co-stars, including Chiwetel Ejiofor and her on-screen torturer, Michael Fassbender.

PHOTOS: Oscars 2014 - Red Carpet Stars

“Thank you so much, you were my rock,” she told Michael.

-- Erin O’Sullivan

Copyright 2014 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.