Ariana DeBose Is The First Latina To Win A SAG Film Award, & The First Queer WOC To Be Recognized For Acting

“It’s indicative that doors are opening,” DeBose shared with reporters following her win.

Broadway and film star Ariana DeBose has another accolade to add to her resume: Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) award winner.

The out star won the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of “West Side Story.” Debose is now the first Latina woman to win a film award from the SAG organization, and the first out queer woman of color to win any SAG award.

“It’s indicative that doors are opening,” DeBose shared with reportersfollowing her win. “It’s an honor to an Afro Latina queer woman of color and a dancer and a singer and an actor.” 

It was DeBose’s first nomination and win. 

“The Anita that we see on the screen, took every bit of me, but she took ten years to make and I’m extremely proud of her and of our film,” DeBose said in her acceptance speech. “And I really do believe that when you recognize one of us you recognize all of us in a way.”

DeBose, who hosted “Saturday Night Live” in late January, also won her Golden Globe for her turn as Anita in the classic musical. 


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