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Berlin Film Festival picks Lupita Nyong’o to lead 2024 jury

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Berlin Film Festival picks Lupita Nyong’o to lead 2024 jury

Lupita Nyong'o attends the third Annual Academy Museum Gala in Los Angeles, California, U.S. December 3, 2023.

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The jury of the Berlinale, as the German capital's annual film festival is known, picks the winners of the Golden and Silver Bears

BERLIN, Germany – Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, known for her roles in Black Panther and 12 Years A Slave, will lead the jury of next year’s Berlin Film Festival, organizers announced on Monday, December 11.

The Mexican-Kenyan actress shot to fame after her Oscar-winning performance as brutalized slave Patsy in Steve McQueen’s historical drama 12 Years A Slave, often selecting roles that explore the African diaspora and themes of race.

More recently, she played female lead Nakia in Black Panther (2018), Marvel Studios’ first Black-led superhero film, and in its 2022 sequel. She also starred in Jordan Peele’s 2019 psychological horror Us.

Nyong’o has also appeared on stage and television. She is currently developing a series based on Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.

The jury of the Berlinale, as the German capital’s annual film festival is known, picks the winners of the Golden and Silver Bears, which alongside prizes in Cannes and Venice are among the most coveted awards on the international film festival circuit.

“Lupita Nyong’o embodies what we like in cinema: versatility in embracing different projects, addressing different audiences, and consistency to one idea,” Berlinale directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian said in a statement. – Rappler.com

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