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Academy Awards 2019: Ariana DeBose, Rita Moreno is the First Openly Queer Woman of Color to Win an Acting Oscar, Award-winning actress Ariana

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DeBose and Rita Moreno have received the honor of winning the Oscar Award in the category of Best Supporting.

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Actress at this year’s Academy Awards. This marks the second time that the Academy has recognized an actress for playing

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Anita in West Side Story, with Rita Moreno being the first to win in 1962 when she played Anita.

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DeBose earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk. She also shared a Screen Actors Guild Award

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with her co-stars for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for her role as Anita. DeBose previously won BroadwayWorld’s Audience

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Choice Award for Best Actress in 2015 and 2017. Rita Moreno is best known for playing Anita from West Side Story.

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Last year, she became one of seven performers in history to win back-to-back Oscars in different categories. After accepting her award on Sunday night,

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DeBose said There is indeed a place for us—an allusion to the show tune. There’s A Place For Us from West Side Story. In addition to thanking God

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and remembering that without His grace she would not be here today, DeBose called out other marginalized

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people including trans women of color. It was a beautiful moment! And thank you Academy for recognizing that there is indeed a place for us!