By Mandi Bierly
Updated March 02, 2014 at 12:00 PM EST
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Lupita Nyong’o, costar of 12 Years a Slave, won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Eloquent as always, she thanked both her family and the Yale School of Drama for what they’ve taught her, saluted the spirit of Patsy (her role) and thanked Solomon Northup for telling his story as well as hers, and said that when she looks at the golden statue it will remind her that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.

The film was the first for Nyong’o, who told EW on the BAFTAs red carpet that Ralph Fiennes is immensely proud of her success. She was a runner on the Kenyan shoot for his 2005 film The Constant Gardener and used to fret how much she was annoying him ferrying him back and forth to the set.

She’s currently in theaters in Non-Stop, the weekend’s No. 1 movie.

And just for fun, here’s a .gif of her win!