Slipping into her stunning sky-blue Prada gown with her Fred Leighton gold and diamond headband, Nyong'o was sure to keep a piece of her family with her at all times. On her pinkie finger, she had a tiny golden frog ring or a "Family totem," as she called it. PHOTOS: Lupita Nyong'o's best red carpet looks Turning heads on the carpet in her dazzling, bold gown, Nyong'o revealed to Us, "The blue reminds me of my hometown Nairobi. I grew up with nude walls and beige. I hated them, and I couldn’t wait to leave them. And there are some Beyonce aspects [to the dress]." But more exciting than her fashion (is there such a thing?) were the moments that unfolded once the Oscars telecast actually began. After participating in a few of the ceremony's skits and bits -- like dancing with Pharrell to "Happy" and posing for Ellen DeGeneres' massive celeb-filled selfie -- it was time for the Best Supporting Actress category.
Her closing line became an instant Internet meme with fans tweeting the phrase out as her name continued to trend throughout the night. Nyong'o stepped off stage and into the arms of her proud parents, as an instrumental version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory's "Pure Imagination" played in the background. Heading to the press room with her Oscar clutched in her hands, the 12 Years a Slave star decided to release some built-up excitement in an epic photobombing of pal Jared Leto.
The two have become fast friends, and the Dallas Buyers Club star, 42, recently thanked Nyong'o in his acceptance speech at the Independent Spirit Awards, calling her his "future ex-wife." As she entered the press room, the newly-crowned Oscar winner appeared to be floating on air. PHOTOS: Oscars 2014 hottest after-parties "I'm a little dazed," she admitted. "I can't believe this is in my hands. I can't believe this is real life. I'm really overwhelmed. You know, you hear people wanting you to win and predicting you'll win and everything, but it's just not real until you hear Christoph Waltz say your name. But I'm so happy to be holding this golden man. This is my first time here. It's like I feel like Willy Wonka in the chocolate factory." Hmm, wonder where she got that idea? She exited the press room only to get fake attacked by competitor Jennifer Lawrence, who jokingly lunged for her Oscar. But the breakout star wasn't ready to give up her honor that easily.
And though she's been dreaming of this day all awards season, Nyong'o admitted to Us that she doesn't have a spot picked out to display her statue just yet. "I have no idea yet! I'm still holding it, and I haven't put it down," she revealed. PHOTOS: Best dressed stars at the 2014 Oscars And she didn't put it down for the rest of the evening, changing into a Miu Miu gown and heading to the Vanity Fair After Party. As she arrived around 1:15 a.m., following a visit to the Governor's Ball, Nyong'o was greeted by cinema legend Sidney Poitier. The two Oscar winners embraced and posed for pictures together. Ready to celebrate, Nyong'o danced with her 12 Years costar Sarah Paulson and actress Rosario Dawson. She was spotted around 1:20 a.m. swinging her hips to Lorde's "Royals" while clutching her Oscar by her side. And there's really no better way for a princess to end her evening.
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