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Lupita Nyong'o | '12 Years A Slave'

"I couldn't sentimentalize the pain that I would have to go through," Lupita Nyong'o said backstage after winning a SAG award for playing tortured slave Patsey in Steven McQueen's harrowing "12 Years a Slave." I had the privilege of going at it in an imaginary world. Being aware of that made it... Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times