Lupita Nyong’O who has won the Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie, 12 Years a Slave, has revealed that her inspiration for the movie was the world famous pop star, singer, Michael Jackson.
In an interview with Dazed and Confused Magazine she stated that she modeled her character’s behavior after Michael Jackson’s ‘child-like’ qualities.
“There’s something very Michael Jackson-like about Patsey – the child-like quality he always had,” she explained. “She had her childhood stripped away from her suddenly as soon as she became of sexual age.”
It looks like Lupita has reached for the skies when it comes to choosing someone as an inspiration.
Lupita has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the upcoming Academy Awards much like Whoopy, who was also nominated for the Academy Award for her role in, The Color Purple.
“Whoopi Goldberg looked like me, she had hair like mine, she was dark like me,” she revealed. “I’d been starved for images of myself. I’d grown up watching a lot of American TV.
12 Years a Slave is up for nine awards at this year’s show. The Academy Awards will air on ABC on March 2nd.