12 Years a Slave nominee Lupita Nyong'o stuns in a red gown and cape at the 2014 Golden Globes on Jan. 12 Credit: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com

Lupita Nyong'o is definitely one to watch -- and not just onscreen. The 12 Years a Slave standout wowed at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 12, when she hit the red carpet in a scene-stealing red dress.

All eyes were on the stunning nominee as she glided through the crowd outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel in a gorgeous, off-the-shoulder, scarlet Ralph Lauren gown with an attached cape. Fred Leighton jewels added a bit of sparkle to the look. 

As noted by red carpet host Giuliana Rancic, the 30-year-old Kenyan-born beauty was recently named among Vogue's 10 Rising Style Stars of 2014. "She stole every red-carpet heart this fall with her clean silhouettes, close-cropped coif, and ear-to-ear smile," the fashion bible wrote of Nyong'o. "The 12 Years a Slave star brought the same radiance and poise to her wardrobe as her Golden Globe-nominated performance."

Asked whether she felt pressure to live up to Vogue's honor, the Best Supporting Actress nominee told Rancic, "Not really. So far I've only worn things that I feel speak to me." 

As for her rapid rise to fame? "It's been a lot," the Yale School of Drama graduate confessed. "But, you know, this is what I wanted. It's far more than I dreamed, but I'm so happy it's worked out this way."