Alynda Wheat and Paul Chi
October 28, 2013 12:00 PM

>Lupita Nyong’o

A documentarian born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, Nyong’o, 30, is about to be known as an actress of rare talent. As Patsey, the obsession of slave master Epps (Fassbender, right), she delivers a powerful turn as a powerless woman. If Ejiofor is the film’s hero, she is its beating heart.

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