Lupita Nyong'o and TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs at the TIME/People WHCD cocktail party at St Regis Hotel - Astor Terrace on May 2, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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By Maya Rhodan
May 3, 2014

Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o said there’s one celebrity in particular she’s excited to see at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner on Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the president,” said Nyong’o at the annual TIME/People pre-White House Correspondents Association dinner cocktail party on Friday.

The 31-year-old has rocketed to fame since appearing as the slave Patsy in 12 Years a Slave, winning an Academy Award for best supporting actress and being named the face of Lancôme before being named the Most Beautiful person of 2014 by People.

But all that attention hasn’t gone to Nyong’o’s head. “It’s just a reminder that things are bigger than yourself,” she said. “It shows the power of pursuing your goals and ambitions.”

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