Kenyan global cinema sensation is the firm favourite to clinch the Best Supporting Actress Oscar on Sunday night. BBC’s Talking Movies cinema-themed magazine show predicted Lupita would beat off competition from her co-nominees that include Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine, Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle, June Squibb in Nebraska and even Julia Roberts in August: Osage County. Show host Tom Brooks during the Oscar special February edition last Sunday feted Lupita for brilliantly portraying the brutally abused Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, a film some apparently found rather tough to watch. “That’s something I left up to the director and the producer,” says Lupita about preparing herself to the tearjerker film. “Mine was to fully commit to the role give it my best”, she responded when asked it was tough on her part as well.”
On what it felt like being beaten in the movie Lupita says: “It was the fact that this was a true story. That was very sobering for me but I got to be fanned in-between takes while I was picking cotton yet this woman (the real Patsey) did not. She spent 16-20 hours a day picking cotton, 500 pounds of cotton no less, and so I was just really confronted by how much more she really had to deal with in order for me to have the privilege of doing it for cinema,” Lupita adds. The show also predicted Jared Leto (Dallas Buyer’s Club) to win Best Supporting Actor, Kate Blanchet (Blue Jasmine) to win Best Actress while Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) would win Best Actor.
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