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Ariana DeBose becomes first openly queer woman of colour to win an Oscar

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Oscars history, becoming the first openly queer woman of colour to win one of the prestigious trophies.The actor took home the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at tonight’s (March 27) ceremony for playing Anita in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story.DeBose paid tribute to the Oscar-winning Rita Moreno, who also won for the same role in 1962, during her speech, crediting her with “paving the way for tons of Anitas like me”.

The star continued to acknowledge her identity as both a queer woman and her Afro-Latina heritage.“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 life and strength in art,” she said. “That’s what I believe we are here to celebrate.

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