WEEK IN WOMEN: Lupita Nyong’o honored as 2024 CinemaCon Star of the Year – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o will receive this year’s CinemaCon Star of the Year Award.

CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, is set for April 8-11 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Nyong’o will be presented with the honor at the Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony April 11 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, according to a news release.

“In just over 10 years, Lupita Nyong’o has established herself as one of the most talented and respected actors of our time,” said Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon, in a statement. “From her Oscar-winning role in ’12 Years a Slave’ to her most chilling and determined performance in ‘Us,’ she never fails to surprise, captivate and engross us with each new role she undertakes.”

Nyong’o is recognized around the world for being a star of the highest magnitude. She can be seen this summer starring in the horror prequel A Quiet Place: Day One. opening in theaters nationwide on June 28.

Produced in association with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sunday Night Production, the prequel is executive produced by Allyson Seeger and Vicki Dee Rock, alongside producers Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller and John Krasinski. Written and directed by Michael Sarnoski, A Quiet Place: Day One also stars Joseph Quinn, Alex Wolff and Djimon Hounsou.

A Kenyan actress, producer and New York Times Bestselling author, Nyong’o made her feature film debut in the Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave, for which she received the Academy Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Critics Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award and the NAACP Image Award. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.