I am compelled to wonder if Solomon Northrup had not written 'Twelve Years a Slave' whether there would have been a different Oscar-winning slave narrative last night, whether director Steve McQueen would have cast Lupita Nyong’o in a romantic comedy instead, whether confirmation of the beauty that is dark skin would be circulating at viral-pitch and celebrated by the mainstream fashion industry in the person of some other actor. I wonder.
'Best Picture' acceptance speech
Thank you, Solomon Northrop, for sitting down and recording your experience for the world to consider at a time when it needs it most.
'Actress in a Supporting Role' acceptance speech
How do we know that our story will not inspire readers, artists, movie-goers—humanity—more than a century beyond our existence?
Make a record.