On Lupita Nyong'o's Instagram account she captioned this one:
Yes, a chocolate BAFTA will do quite nicely, thank you!
A golden BAFTA woulda been better but what can you do?
Recently it came to me in a flash: Lupita Nyong'o is the new Jessica Chastain! Think about it: classically trained movie actress in her early 30s goes from complete unknown to everyone's favorite in the blink of an eye in a critically acclaimed movie (movies plural in Chastain's case) and proves herself a complete and utter natural at celebrity, red carpets, fashion, and social media.
Of course I didn't know all this when I first sat down with Lupita in the fall in the first rush of acclaim for Twelve Years a Slave, a meeting I shamefully neglected to tell you about until now. Looking over the transcript it occurs to me that the past few months have been so eventful that pieces of our conversation barely make sense. We're conversing as if she isn't a huge celebrity. But the right role at the right time can permanently change things for an actor. [More...]