Oscars 2022: West Side Story star Ariana DeBose becomes first openly gay woman to win acting award
Posted by  badge Boss on Mar 28
Ariana DeBose gave a poignant speech (Picture: Getty)

West Side Story star Ariana DeBose has made history at the Oscars 2022, becoming the to win an acting award.

The star, who wowed audiences in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation as Anita, picked up the best supporting actress award.

As well as becoming the first openly gay woman to win in an acting category, she’s also won for the same role as Rita Moreno did 50 years ago.

Thanking , who played Anita in the original 1961 film, she went on to speak about being a queer woman of colour.

She said: ‘Now you see why Anita says I want to be in America because even in this weary world that we live in dreams do come true and that’s a heartening thing right now.’

On the production, she added: ‘It was the summer of a life time and I am the most privileged and grateful to have spent it with all of you.

‘My God thank you Steven Spielberg, you’re stuck with me now.’

Ariana was over the moon (Picture: Reuters)
Ariana starred as Anita (Picture: AFP)

The actress also paid tribute to Rita, saying she ‘paved the way for tonnes of Anitas like me.’

Concluding her speech, Ariana added: ‘Imagine this little girl in the back seat of a white Ford Focus.

‘Look into her eyes, you see an openly queer woman of colour, an afro-latina, who found her strength in life through art.

Ariana stunned in the new adaptation (Picture: AP)
Rita won for the same role 50 years ago (Picture: Getty)

‘And that’s what we’re here to celebrate.

‘So to anyone who has ever questioned their identity ever…I promise you this, there is indeed a place for us.’

Also nominated in the category were Belfast star Dame Judi Dench, The Lost Daughter’s Jessie Buckley, Kirsten Dunst for The Power of the Dog, and Aunjanue Ellis for King Richard.

Meanwhile, Kristen Stewart could also make history at the ceremony, if she wins best actress for her role in Spencer.

These nominations mark the first time openly LGBTQ+ actors have been nominated for acting roles since Ian McKellen was handed a nod for Lord of the Rings, in 2002.

Oscars 2022 winners

Best Picture

Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain - The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Actor in a Leading Role
Will Smith - King Richard

Actress in a Supporting Role
Ariana DeBose - West Side Story

Actor in a Supporting Role
Troy Kotsur - Coda

Jane Campion - The Power of the Dog

Music (Original Song)
No Time To Die from No Time to Die - Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell

Documentary Feature
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
CODA - Siân Heder

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Belfast - Sir Kenneth Branagh

Costume Design
Cruella - Jenny Beavan

International Feature Film
Drive My Car (Japan)

Animated Feature Film

Visual Effects
Dune - Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer

Dune - Greig Fraser

Makeup and Hairstyling
The Eyes of Tammy Faye - Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh

Production Design
Dune - Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos

Film Editing
Dune - Joe Walker

Music (Original Score)
Dune - Hans Zimmer

Live Action Short Film
The Long Goodbye - Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed

Animated Short Film
The Windshield Wiper - Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez

Documentary Short Subject
The Queen of Basketball - Ben Proudfoot

Best Sound
Dune - Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett