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Jimmy Kimmel Stands by Lupita Nyongo

April 25, 2014 John Travolta, Jimmy Kimmel

The Oscar winner star Lupita Nyong’o’s name isn’t an easy to pronounce. But if you are a reporter , you cannot go wrong with the pronunciation of her name. Apparently a lot of anchors do not do their homework before going live.

Jimmy Kimmel gathered a string of bloopers in a video montage where there are several snippets of various anchors butchering the 12 Years a Slave star's name.

"Lupita is unquestionably beautiful but her name is not easy to pronounce, which made it a tough day for our nation's news anchors," the late night host explained.

Shout-out to the anchor who dropped the star's last name and simply opted to just call her "Lupita" (nice save).

"I wish people had asked John Travolta to announce Lupita Nyong'o's name," Kimmel quipped after the clip. "He did such a nice job at the Oscars."

Nyong’o was announced as the People’s most beautiful woman on Wednesday. "It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," the 31-year-old Non-Stop star humbly gushed. "And especially, I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.

In a pre-taped interview with Savannah Guthie, Nyong'o reiterated that the honor came as a surprise. "What an incredible journey to go from that feeling [of insecurity] to being on the cover of this magazine. I mean, you could have never told me that that would happen when I was 16 and insecure about my complexion," the Yale School of Drama graduate said. "I hope it means something to more than just me, to people like me who feel unbeautiful in whatever skin they're in."

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