The Hispanic Ariana DeBose manages to win the Oscar in the category of best supporting actress thanks to her role as Anita in “West Side Story”, the new version of the iconic musical of the same name from 1961 now brought to the big screen by Steven Spielberg.
“Even in this strange world, dreams do come true”, an emotional DeBose said during her award reception speech.
DeBose competed with Jessie Buckley (“The Lost Daughter”), Judi Dench (“Belfast”), Kirsten Dunst (“The Power of the Dog”) and Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”).
Thus, the actress born in the US and of Puerto Rican origin meets all expectations after her first nomination in a year in which she had won everything: Bafta, Critics Choice, SAG Awards and Golden Globes.
DeBose is Anita in this adaptation of “West Side Story,” the same one Rita Moreno played in the 1961 adaptation. Then, Moreno became the first Hispanic woman to win an Oscar.
Sheathed in a spectacular red dress, the actress defined herself as “Afro-Latina”, highlighted the importance of the identity issue and promised that she will not forget this every time she sees the statuette.
In addition, she wanted to thank the director, Steven Spielberg, for having had her for this production that reflects the racial tensions in the New York of the 20th century through the fights between the Jets and the Sharks.
This musical brought to the big screen has been widely accepted by the public and DeBose’s success was an open secret.
“I feel very lucky to be here with you and I want to tell my mother: ‘I love you with all my heart’”, expressed the interpreter, who also remembered the rest of her family and team in this film because “Without them, I wouldn’t be here”.
Deep speech about his identity:
Ariana DeBose made history by becoming the first queer woman to hold a statuette. The actress did not want to miss this opportunity and she gave a profound message on the podium: “Imagine this girl in the backseat of a white Ford Focus. Look into her eyes, you see an openly queer and Latina woman of color who found her life and her strength in art”he began by saying.
“That’s what I think we celebrate here. So if anyone has ever questioned your identity, I promise you, there is a place for us.”, she pointed out visibly excited. (With information from EFE)
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