Lupita Nyong'o On How Winning An Oscar Has Changed Her Life So Far

04 April 2014 by

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At the 2014 Academy Awards it was Lupita Nyong'o who stole our hearts. The actress wafted while she walked, as she swirled her Nairobi blue custom silk Prada gown as she made her way down the red carpet. As if winning the red carpet race wasn't enough, the Kenyan actress went home with the Best Supporting Actress gong. Lupita has now landed a major campaign with Lancome and opened up to WWD about what it's really like to win an Oscar.

What went through her mind when they called out her name? “It was ‘Did I say my name or did they say my name?’”  Nyong’o said in an interview with WWD. “All that time from ‘The nominees are…’ to ‘The Academy Award goes to…’ is years! It’s just way too long. And then your head is just filled with your own name, because that’s all you can think of — either they are going to say my name or they aren’t going to say my name. It’s a suspension of time, and the only thing that matters is ‘Are they going to call my name?’ Then they said my name, and my brother was screaming and losing his mind.'

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When asked how winning has changed her life so far she said: "I was dazed and confused and I still am. It doesn’t feel real. I couldn’t believe I was climbing up the very same stairs that Jennifer Lawrence was climbing. It’s still very surreal. It’s changed a lot — more people know who I am, for example, and I’m sure it’s bound to change [other] things.” She added: “I’m sure it will at some point, but right now I’m just too exhausted. It does have a psychological affect. But at the end of the day, the perceiver affects the perceived. So how people regard me will obviously change how I regard myself. Right now, it’s too soon. I feel like the Oscars really did happen yesterday. I don’t have enough time between the event and my reality to really fully analyse how it has changed me.”

Lupita Nyong'o makes sure she is surrounded by her family as she said: “The thing about working in Hollywood is that it isn’t really a geographic location where you go and figure out the culture. Hollywood is really just made up of a whole bunch of people making movies everywhere. So it’s still a learning process; I cannot say that I’ve fully integrated into the ways of Hollywood — but I don’t know very many people who could say [they have] anyway. In my version, the Hollywood that I live in is very much peopled by people I’ve known from before. I carried my family through this entire process, and they made it more manageable.”

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So what lies ahead for Lupita? She hopes to move back behind the camera as she said: “I’m interested in producing and perhaps directing [more] documentaries. My interest in directing fiction is” — she held up her hand, showing almost no distance between her thumb and her index finger — “about that much. I’m interested in discovering the drama in real life. That’s where you get inspiration for the fake ones.”

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Step Inside The Wardrobe Of Lupita Nyong'o...

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In Dior at the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon, February 2014

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Wearing Lanvin to the LA premiere of Non Stop, February 2014

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In Valentino Couture at the AARP Awards, February 2014

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In Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci at the NAACP Image Awards, February 2014

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In Dior Couture at the BAFTA Awards, February 2014

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Attending the Asprey Pre-BAFTA party in Chanel, February 2014

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FROWING in Calvin Klein in, Calvin Klein naturally!

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Wearing Gucci to the SAG Awards, January 2014

In Ralph Lauren at The Golden Globes

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In Lanvin at LA Bafta Event

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In Lanvin at Gotham Independent Film Awards

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In Elie Saab at the Paris Premiere of 12 Years a Slave

In Elie Saab at the Palm Spring Film Festival

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In Proenza Schouler at W Magazine Party

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In Carolina Herrera at AFI Awards

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In Peter Pilotto Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch

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In Mary Katrantzou at DuJour Magazine Cover Party

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Wearing Altuzzara at Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Assocation

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Appearing on Jimmy Fallon in Jonathan Cohen

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Wearing Altuzzara at Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Assocation

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Updating the LBD at the European premiere of Twelve Years A Slave during the 57th BFI London Film Festival, October

Wearing Prada at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of 12 Years A Slave, August.

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Wearing Honor at the Toronto Film Festival press conference for 12 Years A Slave

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In Antonio Berardi at Fox Searchlight TIFF Party, Toronto, August.

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Wearing a black jumpsuit by Victoria Beard at a Toronto Film Festival Party, August.

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With Michelle Dockery at the Miu Miu show in Paris, September

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In Roland Mouret at New York Film Festival premiere of 12 Years A Slave

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Opting for a printed silk top on The View, October

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Wearing Spring Summer 2014 Prada for the L.A premiere of 12 Years A Slave, October

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Wearing Erdem at Variety’s screening of 12 Years A Slave, Hollywood, October

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Wearing Prada at Variety’s screening of 12 Years A Slave, Hollywood, October

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She certainly isn't afraid of a statement accessory. At the Telluride Film Festival, August


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