Hollywood's Most Powerful Women of 2014

Lupita Nyong'o

Critics' darling Nyong'o went from Yale School of Drama to her wowing director Steve McQueen during her very first feature film audition for 12 Years a Slave. A Screen Actors Guild Award and an Oscar followed, and Nyong'o, 31, chose an appropriate project for a rising star: A role in Star Wars: Episode VII. "I can finally say it out loud and proud: I'm going to a galaxy far far away!" tweeted the actress in May 2014.

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