Ariana DeBose made history in 2022, for becoming the first openly queer woman of color to win an Academy Award.

She bagged the Oscar for her role as Anita in the Steven Spielberg movie musical "West Side Story," based on the eponymous 1957 Broadway show.

When her name was announced, Moreno teared up, hugged her mother, and walked on stage in a lovely red dress to receive the award.

In her acceptance speech, she said, "You see an openly queer woman of color and Afro-Latina who found her strength in life through art.”

DeBose also thanked Spielberg, "Thank you, Steven Spielberg. You’re stuck with me now!"

DeBose, 31, "I don't know, it's overwhelming because I could see Rita tonight”, referring to Rita Moreno, who starred in the 1961 Westside Story.

She gave a shout out to Moreno, saying, “I'm so grateful your Anita paved the way for tons of Anitas like me.”

DeBose and Moreno, are both of Puerto Rican heritage and have now joined an elite club of actors who won Academy Awards for playing the same character

In the audience, Moreno looked on, emotionally as DeBose collected her win.