Nov. 03--A must-see movie of 2013, "12 Years a Slave" has nearly enough great performances to fill an awards show of its own. Expect several of its actors to earn nominations -- including breakout star Lupita Nyong'o, who's making her big-screen debut. The 30-year-old newcomer is amazing as Patsey, a slave who's the obsession of a volatile plantation owner played by Michael Fassbender. The daughter of a famous Kenyan politician, Nyong'o won the part straight out of the Yale School of Drama and gives a performance that stays with you long after the movie is over. Her ability to convey the constant pain and struggle for survival of a woman who locks away her feelings is extraordinary. Now the recent grad should prepare for her next role -- that of a stunning new star walking down red carpets to the Golden Globes, the SAG awards and the Oscars.
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