Ariana Debus Wins an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

Ariana Debus Wins an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

Sydney, 2022-03-27 21:16:48. Ariana Debus Wins an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

LOS ANGELES – Ariana Debus has lived up to the expectations of the Oscars and her predecessor, “West Side Story” Rita Moreno.

DeBose won Best Supporting Actress Sunday for her fierce performance as Anita, 60 years after Moreno won the award in 1962 for the original version of the Broadway musical.

“Sorry, okay!” Deboss said, triumphantly holding the figurine. “Now you see why Anita says, ‘I want to be in America.’ Because even in this stressful world we live in, dreams do come true. And that’s really something heartening right now.”

DeBose shouted to Moreno who attended the ceremony.

“I am so grateful that Anita paved the way for tons of Anitas like me,” she said. Moreno was an Oscar lead, the first Latino to win an acting award.

DeBose is a pioneer in her own right, the first openly Afro-Latino and LGBTQ actress to win in this category. In her acceptance speech, Debbouze said she found her “strength in life through art”.

“To anyone who has questioned your identity,” she said, “I promise there will be a place for us.”

Little known in movie circles before he landed the coveted role, the 31-year-old North Carolina native has become the clear favorite of the Academy Awards after a winning awards season. She was previously known as a stage actress, with Broadway roles in “Bring It On: The Musical”, “Motown: The Musical” and “Hamilton”.

The DeBose Oscar is the third time two actors have received awards for the same role, after Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, and Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro as Vito Corleone.

Earlier this month, DeBose said she considers it important and “exciting” for the Latin screen achievement to be celebrated after it was largely overlooked in 2021.

She told The Associated Press that progress means “getting people in front of the camera, behind the camera, in writers’ rooms, and in positions of strength, so that we can continue to tell our stories in a way that is authentic” and broad-based.

Moreno gave her useful and concise advice before the ceremony.

“She just said, Enjoy it, dear!”

Another nominee in this category is Jesse Buckley for “The Lost Daughter.” Judi Dench, “Belfast”; Kirsten Dunst, “The Power of Dog” and Onjano Ellis, “King Richard.”


Associated Press writer Andrew Dalton contributed to this report.

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