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AN OSCAR MOMENT TO REMEMBER

  • Article by: The Associated Press
  • Associated Press
  • March 2, 2014 - 9:55 PM

Lupita Nyong'o's best supporting actress win wasn't just a major moment for the newcomer — it touched everyone in the Dolby Theatre — both in the audience and backstage.

Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, who'd presented the previous award, stayed backstage to watch the category on a monitor. When the clip of Nyong'o's performance was shown, Hemsworth clapped and Theron said, "So good."

When Nyong'o's name was called, the stars cheered, as did the other backstage workers.

When a teary-eyed Nyong'o walked off stage and into the theater hallway, Ellen DeGeneres was waiting to greet her.

"Yay, yay, yay!" DeGeneres said. "You won an Oscar! And it was such a beautiful speech. Such composure!"

She made the actress smile by adding: "And we crashed Twitter with that photo!"

— Sandy Cohen — www.twitter.com/APSandy .

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