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Ariana DeBose makes records because the first overtly queer actor of colour to win an Oscar

Bycbs editor

Mar 28, 2022

Actress Ariana DeBose made records Sunday because the first Afro Latina and overtly queer actor of colour to take domestic an Oscar together along with her win for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in “West Side Story.” In her recognition speech, DeBose said “goals do come true.”

“Imagine this little female withinside the returned seat of a white Ford Focus. When you look at her eyes, you notice an overtly queer female of colour, an Afro Latina, who located her energy in existence thru art. And that is what I trust we are right here to celebrate,” DeBose said.

“So to absolutely everyone who is ever wondered your identification ever, ever, ever otherwise you discover your self dwelling withinside the grey spaces, I promise you this: There is certainly an area for us,” she added, quoting “West Side Story.”

During her recognition speech, the actress thanked the film’s director Steven Spielberg and Rita Moreno, who originated the function withinside the 1961 movies, announcing they have been instrumental in her performance.

Moreno made records 60 years in the past whilst she have become the primary Latina to win an Oscar, which she received for the identical function of Anita. But Moreno told “60 Minutes” closing 12 months that it wasn’t the commencing factor for her profession as she hoped.

“The telecellsmartphone wasn’t ringing off the hook,” Moreno said. “After West Side Story I could not get a process besides in gang movies, lesser ones.”