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Lupita Nyong’o on a roll, bags another award

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o won the best supporting actress at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Saturday, earning another big boost in Hollywood’s all-important Oscars race.

Actress Lupita Nyong'o, winner of the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role award for '12 Years a Slave'.
Actress Lupita Nyong’o, winner of the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role award for ’12 Years a Slave,’ poses in the press room during the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

She won the award for her role in the harrowing drama “12 Years a Slave.

The SAGs, the latest show in Hollywood’s annual awards season, are seen as one of the better indicators of prospects for the Academy Awards, Tinseltown’s most coveted honors, which this year will be held on March 2.

Crime caper “American Hustle” won the top film at the awards.

Australian Cate Blanchett won best actress for her role in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” while Matthew McConaughey won best actor for AIDS activist movie “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Jared Leto won best supporting actor for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club“.

On the small screen, best drama went to cult series “Breaking Bad” and best comedy to “Modern Family.”

“American Hustle,” based on a 1970s FBI sting operation known as ABSCAM, topped the winners at last weekend’s Golden Globes with three awards and has 10 Oscar nominations.

Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California
Actress Lupita Nyong’o attends the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California

Blanchett is increasingly seen as the Oscar best actress frontrunner for playing a Manhattan socialite struggling to cope after her swindler husband kills himself and she is forced to go and live with her poor sister in San Francisco.

McConaughey also further boosted his Oscar hopes with his role in “Dallas Buyers Club,” based on the true story of a homophobic rodeo hustler who gets HIV and becomes an activist for early anti-HIV drugs in the 1980s.