While speaking to reporters at the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon, Lupita answered questions in both English and Spanish — she was born in Mexico and is fluent in the language — saying, "I have a warm place in my heart for Mexico, as I do for my other country, as well, Kenya. I have been celebrated in both places and also America, as well, and that's a humbling experience. . . . That is the beauty of film, that it brings people closer together."