Ariana DeBose made history and won an Oscar. The 31-year-old, dressed in red, took home the statuette for best supporting actress for West Side Story, the first musical of Steven Spielberg. The other nominees were Jessie Buckley (The Dark Daughter), Judi Dench (Belfast), Kristen Dunst (The power of the dog) and Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard).
DeBose is the first queer black actress to win the Oscar. In the Spielberg remake she plays Anita, the same character that she had rewarded sixty years ago Rita Moreno with another Oscar. “Now do you understand why Anita says ‘I want to live in America’?”, declared the actress, very excited, «because even in this crazy world dreams can come true. If I had to thank all the people who brought me here we would be together until the next Oscars. It’s the best of life, and thanks to Rita Moreno who was fantastic. I’m so thankful, your Anita has paved the way for tons of Anite like me, and I love you. “
And again, he continued with the thanks: «Thanks to my mom, who is here with me tonight». And then she turned to herself as a child: “Imagine this little girl sitting in the back seat of a Ford Focus, look into her eyes. And now look at this black, queer, African American girl who found courage through art and now this is where she celebrates. For those who have ever questioned your identity, I remind you that there is a place for us, there is a place for everyone “.
Source: Vanity Fair