Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition.
It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone’s else. So I want to salute the spirit of Patsy for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own.
Thank you so much for putting me in this position. It has been the joy of my life.
I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they are grateful and so am I.
I want to thank my family for my training and the Yale School of Drama for their training.
My brother, Junior, sitting by my side, thank you so much. And Ben, my other best friend, my chosen family.
When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child, that no matter where you are from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.
—Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Winner for Best Supporting Actress
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
…And after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.