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Oscar nominee talks of Mexico connection

Mexicans tuning into the Oscars on Sunday, March 2 won’t only be rooting for Alfonso Cuaron, director of the space epic “Gravity.”

They would also love to see Kenyan Lupita Nyong’o win in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category for her role in Steve McQueen’s  harrowing drama “12 Years a Slave.”

Why is this? Not only was Nyong’o born in Mexico City, but she returned to this country as a teenager and says she is enamored with its culture and people.

At the time of Nyong’o’s birth, her father was a political exile, working as a visiting lecturer in political science at the Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. The family returned to Kenya before she reached her first birthday but at the age of 16 Nyong’o parents sent her back to Mexico to learn Spanish.

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