Lupita Nyong’o Is On The Cover Of Vanity Fair’s Most Diverse Hollywood Issue

And she's dressed like an Oscar. So she's got to win one, right?


by Debrief Staff |
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Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood Issue is always seen as the benchmark of who's winning in Hollywood. It's also normally pretty much all white actors – a representation of the fact Hollywood's not exactly known for its diversity (Only 26 black actors have won Oscars since they started). But maybe things are changing if we're to take anything from 2014 Vanity Fair cover, which has just been released. Sure, it features the old-school movie stars Julia Roberts and George Clooney, but also a host of talented black actors, including everyone's favourite Luther star Idris Elba – who, interestingly just spoke about the exodus of black actors from the UK to the US– and the gorgeous Lupita Nyong'o, who's still giving us nightmares (in a good way) from her amazing performance in 12 Years A Slave.


There are a few other unexpected people in the mix too, so let's break down who Vanity Fair reckon are Hollywood's finest:

**Jared Leto **

You'll either know him as the man who gives a critically acclaimed performance in Dallas Buyers Club; Jordan Catalano – the round-eyed, high-school crush of Angela Chase in 90s TV series My So-Called Life; or the man with the hottest hair in Hollywood.


Lupita Nyong’o

We've already counted the ways we love her but, seriously – how can she not win an Oscar when she’d dressed like one? And when she does acceptance speeches like this one.


Idris Elba

Stringer Bell in The Wire, Luther in, er... Luther, and Nelson Mandela in Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom. No wonder even Kate Middleton loves him.


**Margot Robbie **

Before her turn Leo DiCaprio’s wife in The Wolf of Wall Street, this 23-year-old Australian spent three years on* Neighbours*, one season on the short-lived Pan Am with Christina Ricci (great costumes, terrible show) and a role in one movie About Time. Her analogy for adjusting to being famous and the accompanying untrue rumours is one of the best things we’ve ever read: 'It’s like wishing your whole life to move into a mansion, and then it comes to the day where you have to pack up the bedroom you grew up in, and then you don’t want to go anywhere.'


**George Clooney **

OK, he's not exactly unexpected, but here's an unexpected fact to drop – In Las Vegas, you can put on a wedding dress and ‘marry’ a wax figure of him. #bucketlist


**Michael B. Jordan **

Prior to his role as shooting victim in Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station, Michael modelled and acted in Friday Night Lights, The Wire and Parenthood. The 26-year-old recently told Oprah he’s only ever had one girlfriend, and that relationship was pretty recent. And that's pretty much all we know about him.


**Naomie Harris **

Another Brit we love. (Can we just side-note how British filled this cover is?) She rocked as Winnie Mandela in Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom, but the coolest thing about this Brit is that her mum was once a screenwriter on EastEnders.


Brie Larson

This 24-year-old Californian has been making music and acting since she was a kid, but it was her performance in Short Term 12 last year that garnered her a Critics' Choice Best Actress nomination. She likes music, has two dogs and hates text-message abbreviations.


**Chadwick Boseman **

This Brooklyn resident won the world’s attention for his portrayal of Jackie Robinson the legendary baseball player, who was the first African American to play major league baseball. Before 42, He acted in TV shows such as legendary daytime soap All My Children, Lincoln Heights, Law & Order and CSI:NY. Right before he got the Jackie Robinson role, he played Lt. Samuel Drake in The Kill Hole.


Chiwetel Ejiofor

Now nominated for Best Actor for 12 Years A Slave. Was once the least famous one in the* Love Actually* love triangle with Keira Knightley. Enough said.


**Léa Seydoux **

This 28-year-old is basically French entertainment royalty – her grandfather, Jérôme Seydoux, is the chairman of Pathé and her mother is former actress Valérie Schlumberger. She’s modeled for American Apparel, Prada and Rag & Bone and, in 2013, she shared the Palme D’Or Award for Blue Is The Warmest Colour. She's hot.


**Julia Roberts **

No words necessary, right. But her smile still makes us smile.

This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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