Oscar buzz is already kicking up—and at the top of the list of contenders is newcomer Lupita Nyong’o. As Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, she’s been raking in heaps of accolades—as have the rest of the all-star cast and director Steve McQueen. An adaptation of the real-life memoir of Solomon Northup, a free man who has kidnapped from the North in 1841 and sold into slavery, it’s being described as both brilliant and essential cinema. Check out the trailer here:
Powerful stuff. Difficult, but powerful. And so, SO important.
Lupita is certainly going to be one to watch, so here’s your crash course in everything you need to know about her. Read on for all the deets!