Ariana DeBose makes history at the Oscars | shows

Ariana DeBose, whose father is Puerto Rican, crowned last night with the Oscar for best supporting actress for her work in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, a dream awards season, which she used to give voice and visibility to the communities she represents.

The 31-year-old artist made history as the first openly gay Afro-Latina actress to win in the category. In addition, she became, together with Rita Moreno – who won the statuette in 1962 in the same category and with the same role as Anita – in the first pair of women to achieve this feat. In fact, DeBose thanked the Puerto Rican EGOT for inspiring him and leading the way.

“Now I know why Anita says she wants to be in America… Dreams do come true,” said DeBose in the middle of an emotional message, in which he highlighted the importance of his family in materializing this milestone.

The actress with a Puerto Rican father, Ariana DeBose, wins the Oscar for best supporting actress

“My family, my mother, who is here tonight, ‘Mom, I love you with all my heart and this is as much yours as it is mine,’” he told her. Before saying goodbye, she added: “Imagine this girl in the back of a white Ford Focus… Openly lesbian and Afro-Latina who found her strength in life through the arts and that’s what I think we should celebrate,” she established between applause.

“To anyone who has ever questioned their identity… I promise you there is a place for us,” said DeBose, who wore a Valentino design.

While CODA’s deaf actor Troy Kotsur also made history by winning Best Supporting Actor. He dedicated the statuette to the deaf community and warned: “this is our moment”.

The Academy Awards, in their 94th edition, had the animation of Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall, who opened the ceremony exposing issues such as salary inequality for women, the lack of diversity in other awards and even opposing the recent law passed in Florida, which limits discussions of sexual orientation in elementary schools.

The Latin flavor was present in the day in various ways. For the second time in the history of the awards, Colombian Sebastián Yatra performed a song in Spanish, Dos oruguitas, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for the Disney movie Encanto, which won the award for best animated film. While the viral success of the Disney film, We Don’t Talk About Bruno, was performed for the first time in voice by part of the cast together with Becky G and Puerto Rican Luis Fonsi.

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Miranda was unable to attend the award ceremony because his wife, Vanessa Nadal, tested positive for covid-19.

Dune won four awards before the televised ceremony began, and added another soon after, for cinematography. The sci-fi epic directed by Denis Villeneuve was recognized for original music by Hans Zimmer, as well as editing, production design and sound. The awards ceremony began for the first time an hour earlier, off-camera, with the award ceremony, which also included best makeup and hair, for The Eyes of Tammy Faye. The award for best animated short film went to The Windshield Wiper by Spaniards Alberto Mielgo (director) and Leo Sánchez (producer).

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