Lupita Nyong'o was a vision in turquoise at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 18. After winning the red carpet in a red Ralph Lauren frock at the 2014 Golden Globes one week earlier, the 12 Years a Slave nominee stepped up her fashion game even more, rocking a gorgeous, vibrant Gucci gown.
The dress — a one-of-a-kind turquoise silk crepe number with gold accents and intricate floral straps, which she paired with Fred Leighton jewels — set Nyong'o apart from the rest of her fellow SAG members. "I just love the flowers and the nature aspect," she told Giuliana Rancic of why she chose it.
Asked whether designers have been clamoring to outfit her this awards season, the style standout replied, "Luckily, I have a stylist. I think he's trying to save me from too much stress."
That means she can focus her attention on other things — like winning! Nyong'o picked up the very first SAG Award of the night, beating out American Hustle star (and Golden Globe winner) Jennifer Lawrence for the Best Supporting Actress honor.
"Being recognized by fellow actors is an honor of the highest order, and I want to thank all of you so much," she said in her emotional acceptance speech. "First of all I want to thank the man without whom this would all not be possible, Solomon Northup, for a life well lived…"
She went on to thank director Steve McQueen, as well as her alma mater, Yale School of Drama, for the "amazing training." Last but not least, she thanked her family, who "have kept it real."
Recalling the moment she got the role in 12 Years a Slave, Nyong'o told the crowd, "I said, 'Daddy, do you know Brad Pitt? I'm going to be in a movie with him.' And he said, 'I don't know him personally, but I'm glad you got a job."
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