WAILEA, Hawaii (AP) - Maui Film Festival organizers say Lupita Nyong'o has the magic touch of creativity.
Organizers of the four-day festival in Hawaii this week are honoring the 31-year-old Academy Award winner with their Rainmaker Award on Saturday. Organizers say the award honors a film artist for "having the magical ability to impact the creative dynamics of every project they touch."
Nyong'o, who broke through as a star with her performance in "12 Years a Slave," was recently announced as a cast member of "Star Wars: Episode VII." The film under production from director J.J. Abrams is due to open in December 2015.
The film festival, which includes ocean-side outdoor screenings in Maui's resort area of Wailea, is also honoring Evan Rachel Wood, Joe Manganiello and Emma Roberts.