Actress Lupita Nyong'o celebrates winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for "12 Years a Slave" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, the United States, on March 2, 2014. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)
LOS ANGELES, March 2 (Xinhua) -- It was her first film role, but it won her an Oscar -- that's the amazing story of Lupita Nyong' o , who won the Academy Award for supporting actress Sunday night. ' "This has been the joy of my life," Nyong' o said when she received the Oscar statue, breaking into tears. She won it for starring a plantation slave in the "12 Years a Slave."
The 31 year-old Mexico born Kenyan actress said her happiness had come at the expense of those suffered during the century of slavery in the United States. She dedicated the honor to children around the world: "No matter where you are from, your dreams are all valid."
The other four nominees for the award are Sally Hawkins for her role in "Blue Jasmine," Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle," Julia Roberts in "August: Osage County" and June Squibb in "Nebraska."
The 86th Oscar Awards Ceremony is being held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with Ellen DeGeneres as the host of the televised ceremony watched by millions in the world.