Minority Oscar Winners in Major Acting Categories: Lupita Nyong'o

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff
Jennie Wood

Lupita Nyong'o
Best Actress in a Supporting Role for 12 Years a Slave, 2013
Lupita Nyongo
Lupita Nyong'o became the first Kenyan actress and the first Mexican actress to win an Academy Award. When she took home the Oscar at the 2014 ceremony, she also became the first black African to win in any category. Born in Mexico, Nyong'o was raised in Kenya and has dual citizenship. In 2015, she starred in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Maz Kanata in a CGI/Motion-Capture performance.
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