LOS ANGELES – Ariana DeBose lived up to the predictions of her Oscars and predecessor Rita Moreno in her “West Side Story.”
DeBose won the title of best supporting actress on Sunday for her breakout performance as fierce Anita, 60 years after Moreno accepted the award in 1962 for the original film version of the musical. Broadway.
“Sorry, okay!” DeBose said, holding up the statue in glee. “Now you see why Anita said, ` `I want to be in America.’ ” Because even in this weary world we live in, dreams do come true. And it’s a real one. good thing right now.”
DeBose thanked Moreno, who attended the ceremony.
“I’m so grateful to your Anita for paving the way for tons of Anitas like me,” she said. Moreno was an Oscar pioneer, the first Latina to win an acting award.
DeBose is a breakout star in her own right, being the first Afro-Latina and the first openly LGBTQ actor to win in this category. In her acceptance speech, DeBose said she has found “strength in life through art.”
“To anyone who has ever questioned your identity,” she said, “I promise you there’s a place for us.”
Widely known in the movie world before landing the coveted role, the 31-year-old North Carolina native became an Oscar favorite after a winning season. She was previously primarily known as a stage actress, for her Broadway roles in “Bring It On: The Musical,” “Motown: The Musical,” and “Hamilton.”
DeBose’s Academy Award is the third time that two actors have won the trophy for playing the same role, following Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, and Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro as Vito Corleone.
Earlier this month, DeBose said she considers it important and “emotional” to see the achievement on Latino screens celebrated after it was largely phased out in 2021.
Progress means “putting people in front of the camera and behind the camera and into the writers’ room and in positions of power, so we can continue to tell our stories truthfully and broadly.” widely,” she told the Associated Press.
Moreno gave her brief and helpful tips before the ceremony.
DeBose told the AP: “She just said: ‘Enjoy it, baby!
Other nominees in the category are Jessie Buckley for “The Lost Daughter”; Judi Dench, “Belfast”; Kirsten Dunst, “The Power of the Dog” and Aunjanue Ellis, “King Richard.”
AP Entertainment writer Andrew Dalton contributed to this report.