12 YEARS A SLAVE by Steve McQueen
For her heart-breaking portrayal of a slave abused by her cruel master.
Golden Globes: This is her first nomination
Born in 1983 in Mexico to a prominent Kenyan family and raised in Kenya, Nyong’o studied Film at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 2012. She will next appear in NON-STOP (2104) with Liam Neeson.