Lupita Nyong’o in green lace Balmain at ‘Eclipsed’ opening night: lovely or doily?

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Here are some photos of Lupita Nyong’o on Sunday night. I’m sorry I didn’t get to these photos yesterday, but they came in later than I was expecting. Lupita attended the big Broadway opening of the play Eclipsed, written by Danai Gurira (of The Walking Dead). Lupita already did ten weeks off-Broadway with this play last year, but now the play is being moved to Broadway and the reviews are great. For the opening night, Lupita wore this rich, green, ruffled, lace Balmain. While this isn’t my favorite thing she’s ever worn, and I think she could rethink the slicked-back hair, she looks beautiful, as always. A few days ago, Lupita chatted with Variety about why she decided to put her film career on pause to do this play (twice!):

“I’m a child of the theater. My father used to recite Shakespeare to me when I was 5 years old. It’s something that’s very, very dear to me. And I think theater offers a chance to flex muscles that then only help to sustain cinematic work. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to get back to theater at the point that I did. I’d experienced unprecedented success with my first film, and I really wanted to get back to the craft of it, just to remind myself, “Wait, what is it that I do again?” The best way to find out is on stage.

[From Variety]

While I love that she’s concentrating on her craft, and she’s getting back to the theater (her roots), I also wonder if she’s doing this because… well, the film opportunities really aren’t there. She’s worked some since her Oscar win, but there’s definitely a problem with Hollywood not really knowing what to do with her. And that’s sad.

Speaking of the larger conversations about diversity, representation and what kinds of stories are being told in Hollywood, I kept meaning to cover this NYT piece – go here to read. Lupita sat down with Trevor Noah and a NYT journalist and they had a substantive discussion about #OscarsSoWhite and everything else. It’s a great read and I would recommend it.

Last thing: for my money, Lupita has one of the best profiles in the world. She’s right up there with Angelina Jolie in the history of great profiles. Also on my list? Believe it or not, George Clooney. What? He has an amazing profile.

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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Her face is beautiful. Not nuts about the dress.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      I hate the dress, I don’t like the hair ( the hair she had at the Star Wars thing at Disney was my all time favourite) but her face? Perfection.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Dress is fug, fug, fug. That shade of orangish lipstick is not the best either. Still, it takes a lot to make her look less than beautiful, you know? I kinda like the hair too FingerBinger. She always switches it up and demonstrates how natural hair can be styled in a variety of ways.

  2. LOT says:

    Great profiles? Grace Kelly!

    Lupita is stunning.

    • mia girl says:

      Others who I think had/have great profiles Cary Grant
      Audrey Hepburn
      Cate Blanchette

  3. Capepopsie says:

    I think she looks gorgeous, ruffels
    And all!!

  4. CornyBlue says:

    She looks lovely. That shade of teal is so interesting

  5. kri says:

    I love the color of the gown. Her profile from forehead to nose to chin is nature at it’s best. Exquisite.

  6. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    On a superficial note I’m always happy to see her wear bold colors and bright makeup. With her skin tone a lot of women are told to go for neutral colors and that they shouldn’t wear red or purple because – antiquated racist idea – so whenever I see her on red carpets I’m always doing fist pump.

  7. Catwoman says:

    She looks gorgeous and I love the dress. We have an early spring here in New York and this feels right for the time of year. I wish Hollywood would quit underestimating the American public and just cast her, already. She is amazing in every role I’ve seen and I believe people would support her.

    • vauvert says:

      I know, right? What exactly are they having trouble with??? Here is a stunning, talented young woman who can act. She doesn’t need to tell us about her dates, give the paps the finger, talk about her bathroom habits (yeah, looking at you JLaw) to sound more interesting or “real”.

      What is so difficult about casting her??? The number of roles where an actress has to be white is actually quite limited, in most cases you can absolutely just cast based on talent and general description alone. I will never understand HW… to me she is a perfect ingenue. I can picture her in anything from the lead in a rom-com to a fierce warrior queen. Now, maybe she is not interested in some roles, and kudos to her if she turns down “the protagonist’s girlfriend” crap… but I do hope she gets offered anything JLaw, Emma Stone and other twenties actresses get sent.

  8. Maum says:

    Hate the dress but I think the hair and makeup is lovely. She looks so fresh and young.

  9. Mia4s says:

    Great make-up! I’m so so on the dress.

    What’s interesting is that she gets a lot of offers from Hollywood but turns them down because the roles are small or not interesting to her. Admirable, but worrying too. General audiences have a short memory (yes I know Star Wars but Star Wars alone in a CGI role won’t do a lot for her). Hopefully that scifi project about the UN and aliens pans out.

  10. Lucy says:

    I’m baffled at the fact that producers don’t know what to do with her (even though I obviously know why that is). She should just be in everything!

    • ichsi says:

      Same here. She’s a talented, unbelievably beautiful actress and Hollywood doesn’t know what to do with her. How embarrassing.

    • Cee says:

      ITA, which is why it’s awesome she’s creating opportunities for herself.

  11. FingerBinger says:

    She’s wearing a lingerie wedding dress. It’s pretty if you like that sort of thing.

  12. mindydopple says:

    She would have made a great Nina Simone. Too bad they didn’t actually look for great dark skinned actresses.

  13. Beez says:

    Why are we not talking about Danai Gurira also? She is stunning as well and her play-writing is fantastic.

    • Sasha says:

      Agreed. I love Danai. I love that she is a playwright and creating her material. I think she’s the real stunner of the two women.

    • I Choose Me says:

      True. She’s just as beautiful imo and I love the dress she’s wearing in the accompanying pic.

    • kori says:

      I was just going to post that! Danai is freaking gorgeous. She doesn’t get to say a lot on WD–Michonne isn’t a big talker–but if you see her on the Talking Dead, she has the best voice. Skin–awesome. Face–beautiful. And a fantastic figure. She looks so different without the Michonne clothes & and wig–you almost can’t believe it’s the same person. (And she is so lovely with her short hair–I wish she could go without that heavy wig–in the Georgia heat, ugh–but it’s so tied to the character’s look). And she wrote this acclaimed play as well. She really deserves the attention. And she looks beautiful in these photos–love her dress.

    • LooseSeal says:

      Yes! Danai is a beautiful, amazing, talented woman who should be celebrated to the ends of the universe for her talent! Honk for more Danai! Honk honk honk!!!

  14. JFresh says:

    Total win as per usual with Lupita on the red carpet.

  15. Jayna says:

    That color on her is stunning.

  16. AlmondJoy says:

    I just really really love her face. I don’t like the blue eyeshadow and I hate the dress but I can’t get past her face 😍

    Danai Gurira also looked stunning at this event, saw some pics yesterday of these two together.

  17. Sarah01 says:

    She is real beauty and this dress does her no justice at all.

  18. Cynthia says:

    I like the colour but not the dress itself. The slicked back hair looks fab and I agree that she’s one of the most beautiful profiles ever. Honestly I think that Lupita has a hard time in Hollywood because she’s rightfully picky about her roles. She’s won an Oscar for her first film so of course now she looks for interesting and nuanced roles, but the reality is that it’s hard to find those kinds of roles for women, let alone dark skinned black actresses. Viola Davis had to go through a lot of shitty and stereotypicals roles to have interesting ones in her 40′s. That’s why the Nina Simone casting is such an hot topic and why the producers really messed up, that role would have been an amazing opportunity for a dark skinned black actress. On another note Lupita seems smart enough to create roles for herself and I’m glad that she has optioned the rights to the novel “Americanah”. I can’t wait for that adaptation!

  19. Mimi says:

    She is a stunning woman. That is all…

  20. Surly Monkey says:

    Hate the ruffles down the side. The dress just looks a bit cheap to me.

    A+ on her styling, though. Hair is gorgeous and that lipstick is amazing.

  21. Beckybecks says:

    Im here for Lupita all day, everyday. Her profile, bruh. #Stunning. I just really really love her and all she’s doing. I love that you linked that interview she did together with Trevor Noah, reading it ASAP, as she always has interesting, intelligent, encouraging words to say. At the first sight of the pic, i thought to myself – Hope they’re dating! – they’d make a great couple, but i think Trevor is married, not sure. As for Hollywood not knowing what to do with her, do you not mean Hollywood viewing black actresses like leprosy sufferers in the olden days? The untouchables. Sickens me, the thought, but alas, that is what it seems to be to me. As for her roles, even out here in the real world, there are companies you work for and projects you actively seek as they will boost your CV plus give you a sense of accomplishment. You dont just throw your precious energy and time at any project. Passion and skills improvement plus the level of challenge and the companies reputation play a part. She is no different from us. I applaud her for not settling. Shes not complaining either. Shes seeking alternative roles. If the mountain does not come to Mohammed and all that.

  22. Loo says:

    I’m not even a big Lupita fan yet but it is silly how she hasn’t landed one big non-CGI role yet. I think she was smart to turn down the roles that she did though. They didn’t sound like good roles.

  23. Wentworth Miller says:

    Pretty girl.
    Ugly dress.

  24. Lucky says:

    These women are gorgeous whatever they wear! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad picture of either one of them. Danai was on Talking Dead a few years ago in a short skirt and her legs are to die for!

    • kori says:

      I saw her on 2 weeks ago! And she wore a cream colored that was Perfection and looked fab with her skin.

  25. Tara says:

    Not too keen on the dress, but somehow she still rocks it. Beautiful, smart, articulate woman.

  26. Margo says:

    Doing theater is not a step down for an actor. I applaud Lupita for being brave enough to turn down parts she does not find substantial in order to challenge herself.

  27. Miran says:

    Not crazy about the dress, but the color itself is beautiful. Love that red orange lip on her too

  28. Kelly says:

    She is really unattractive to me, so don’t get the hype.

    • nina says:

      What do you find unattractive about her? Just curious because to me she has a real doll like face that I find really pretty in women.

  29. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Meh on the dress, and I’m not liking the blue shadow in combination with the lip color, but good god, she has an almost other-worldly beauty.

  30. What's inside says:

    I like it. This girl has got style

  31. 2knitnwine says:

    Gorgeous as always. This woman glows. She wears that dress. Love her make up too, she’s not afraid of bold eye shadows and lips, love it.