"I couldn't sentimentalize the pain that I would have to go through," Lupita Nyong'o said backstage after winning a SAG award for playing tortured slave Patsey in Steven McQueen's harrowing "12 Years a Slave." I had the privilege of going at it in an imaginary world. Being aware of that made it very doable. Not to say it was easy. But I was privileged to do so."
Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times
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