Wait, is that guy famous? Ellen DeGeneres pulled off an amazing star-studded selfie while hosting the Oscars Sunday night, but one person in particular seemed to be an unknown among the group of A-listers. So, who was it? Lupita Nyong’o‘s brother!
Nyong’o’s brother Peter couldn’t help but jump in with his now Oscar-winning sister for the impromptu snapshot. He squeezed his way in and smiled right next to Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and behind Bradley Cooper. Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Meryl Streep, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, and Kevin Spacey also joined in.
DeGeneres first cooked up the idea for a photo-op with pal Streep. “So you are nominated a record-breaking 18 times, so I thought we would try to break another record right now with the most retweets of a photo,” she said. “So, right now, I’m going to take a picture of us and we will see if we can break the record for the most retweets.”
Nyong’o, 31, brought her brother as her plus one for her very special night. The Hollywood newcomer won in the Best Supporting Actress category for her work in 12 Years a Slave. She also topped Us Weekly’s best-dressed list with her stunning sky-blue Prada gown.
“Thank you so much. You are my best friend,” she said to Peter during her acceptance speech. Peter is a college student, and currently attends Stetson University in DeLand, Fla.
“It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else’s,” she added to the film’s director Steve McQueen. “Thank you for putting me in this position. It has been the joy of my life. When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”
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