Now our sunday spotlight, shining this week on actress lupita nyong. She's wowing critics in the new film "12 years of slaves" which opened this weekend. It's even more impressive considering her last... See More
Now our sunday spotlight, shining this week on actress lupita nyong. She's wowing critics in the new film "12 years of slaves" which opened this weekend. It's even more impressive considering her last time on a hollywood set was as a production assistant. Abc's ron claiborne has her story. I went to master shaw's plantation. You admit it. Yes. Reporter: She's lupita nyong. Her performance in a powerful new movie about slavery will be hard to forget. She plays patsy, a young slave in the movie "12 years of slaves" based on the true story of solomon nortlop, a free black man who was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into bondage. The movie depicts the cruelty of slavery that many viewers will find it disturbing. I suspect a lot of black americans are going to be -- come out of that movie theatre angry. And then it's about us being able to talk about these things honestly and openly. I hadn't seen slavery in this way and I knew that I was holding something that was going to be history in the making. What do you hope that audiences will learn, experience from this movie? I hope that audiences experience an open heartedness from watching this movie. You leave this movie and you just want to hug somebody. You want to be nicer. Reporter: It's looking to be a breakout role for nyong whose last time on a hollywood set was as actor ray fine's assistant on the constant gardener. Then came a kenyan tv series, a degree from the yale drama school and now in her first movie role, a performance that has hollywood buzzing. I gave so much of myself to make myself care. 500 piles of cotton day in and day out. I'm sure pretty soon we're going to be hearing talk of -- you can guess -- oscar nomination. You know, when I was making this film all I was thinking about was not getting fired. Reporter: Well, she got the part and has now got what looks like a big future. For "this week," ron claiborne, abc news, new york. Our thanks to ron. Now we remember two of capitol hill's elder statesmen who died on friday. Former congressman tom foley rose through the house ranks until he was elected speaker of the house in 1989. A democrat, he will be remembered for his efforts to bring civility to the capitol. We think that under the circumstances it's a fair package and one that represents an obvious compromise. And we remember florida's longest serving congressman, 82-year-old republican c.W. Bill young, a defense hawk, he made headlines in 2012 when he called for the u.S. To pull out of afghanistan. We also honor our fellow americans who serve and sacrifice. This week the pentagon released the name of two soldiers killed supporting operations in afghanistan. That's all for us today. Thanks for sharing part of your sunday with us. Check out "world news" with david muir tonight. George is back next week and we hope you will be, too. Have a great day. George is back next week and we hope you will be, too. Have a great day.
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