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Lupita bags new award for slavery film

Lupita Nyong’o’s star seems to be rising very fast.

After bagging the New Hollywood Award in October, Lupita is set to receive the Breakthrough Performance Award for 12 Years a Slave during the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival slated for January.

The gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen and Julia Roberts.

“Lupita Nyong’o is outstanding as the exploited slave whose beauty attracts the attention of Michael Fassbender’s vicious slave master. She delivers a raw and deeply moving performance that serves as the fulcrum for the film’s message of the inhumanity of slavery,” said Harold Matzner, the festival’s chairman.

“For her American film debut in 12 Years a Slave, it is a great honour for the Palm Springs International Film Festival to present her with the 2014 Breakthrough Performance Award.”

Past recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Mariah Carey, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, Felicity Huffman, Carey Mulli.