Ariana DeBose makes LGBTQI+ history at Oscars

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The 94th annual Oscar Awards, held on Sunday 27 March, was full of heartwarming moments as some of Hollywood’s top talents were recognised for their incredible roles in feature films. West Side Story actress Ariana DeBose, who won Best Supporting Actress, has made history as the first openly queer woman of colour to win an Oscar Award. 

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ARIANA DEBOSE IN ‘WEST SIDE STORY’

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story is an adaptation of the 1957 theatre production of the same name. Ariana DeBose plays the role of Anita, the girlfriend of Sharks gang leader Bernardo (David Alvarez). 

DeBose scored her first-ever Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category alongside the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Jessie Buckley, Aunjanue Ellis and Judi Dench. 

Taking to Instagram on 9 February, De Nose said being recognised alongside these powerhouse actresses was surreal. 

“I’m so thankful to the Academy for this acknowledgment and am beyond grateful to Steven, Kristie, Kevin and everyone at Amblin and Disney,” wrote DeBose. 

TAKE A LOOK AT DEBOSE IN ‘WEST SIDE STORY’

ARIANA DEBOSE MAKES HISTORY 

The 31-yer-old actress made history at the Oscar Awards on 27 March with her Best Supporting Actress win. She is the first openly queer woman of colour to win an Oscar Award. 

While accepting her award at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, said filming West Side Story was a “summer of a lifetime” jokingly adding that Steven Spielberg is “stuck with her”. 

“Imagine this little girl in the back of a white Ford Focus. Look into her eyes, you see a queer woman of colour, an afro-latina who found her strength in art. That’s what I believe we are here to celebrate,” said DeBose. 

“To anybody who has ever questioned your identity ever, ever, or you find yourself living in the grey spaces, I promise you this… There is indeed a place for us.”

WATCH HER ACCEPTANCE SPEECH HERE 

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TWEEPS PRAISE THE ACTRESS

Taking to Twitter to celebrate Ariana DeBose, one tweep said she was “so powerful”. 

“ArianaDeBose Oscar winner, but I [saw] it coming,” wrote another tweep. 

“Rita Moreno watching Ariana DeBose accept an Oscar for the same role she won for in West Side Story 50 years ago… Iconic.”

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