Lupita Nyong'o has thanked her fans with a poem.

The '12 Years a Slave' actress posted a verse on Instagram in which she expressed how much she has enjoyed 2014 and the many accolades - including a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award and being named People's Most Beautiful and Glamour's Woman of the Year - she has received over the last 12 months.

Alongside a picture of a patchwork quilt and the words 'Happy Holidays', she wrote to her million followers: ''This year was one of a kind and a kind one to me.

''There was lots to be done and a whole lot to see.

''I had family and friends and colleagues galore.

''Now I have fans, plus a million and four!''

The 31-year-old beauty went on to thank fans for their social media posts and reassure them she cares though she doesn't have time to reply to their messages.

She continued: '' Though I don't answer 'cause time is a-tickin', know that you matter by the posts that I'm pickin'.

''I keep posting 'cause I know that you care, and I care to post

when I know that you're there.''

After wishing her fans ''peace, love, joy, laughter beams'' for the coming year, Lupita concluded her verse with a quote from Doctor Seuss.

She wrote: ''If things start happening, don't worry, don't stew, just go right along and you'll start happening too.''