SAG Awards: Ariana DeBose makes queer history, thanks Lady Gaga. Plus a ‘Romy and Michele’ real life reunion
Last night (27 February) was the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards and it included some history being made and a reunion.
At the 2022 SAG awards, the incredible Ariana DeBose made history, picking up a gong for her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story.
The actor and singer took home the award for Best Supporting Actress, beating off competition from Kate Blanchett, Kirsten Dunst, Ruth Negga and Caitriona Balfe, and becoming the first out queer woman of color to win an individual film award from SAG.
In an emotional acceptance speech, the star said: “It’s taken a long time for me to feel comfortable calling myself an actor. My roots come from the dance world and the Broadway stage, and the Anita that we see on the screen took every bit of me. She took 10 years to make.
“I’m extremely proud of her and of our film, and I really do believe that when you recognise one of us you recognise all of us in a way.”
DeBose went on to thank the SAG audience in attendance, giving a special shout-out to Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga.
“And just thank all of you, all of you staring at me, so many of you – dear God. Hi Lady Gaga, you’re amazing”
Talking to press backstage at the event. DeBose said: “I think it’s just indicative that the doors are opening,”
“It’s an honor to be seen, it’s an honor to be an Afro-Latina—an openly queer woman of color, a dancer, a singer, and an actor. It’s indicative to me that I will not be the last, and that’s the important part. Whatever firsts are attached to my name, they are immensely special to me, but I’m focused on the fact that if I’m the first of anything that means I won’t be the last.”
Earlier this month, DeBose also landed her first Oscar nomination for her performance as Anita, and became the first openly queer woman of color nominated for an acting Oscar.
DeBose and Spencer actress Kristen Stewart also became the first openly queer performers nominated for an Oscar since Ian McKellen in 2002 for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
Check out Ariana’s moving acceptance speech here or below:
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They invented the the Post-it Note!!
It’s a Romy and Michelle High School Reunion reunion!
Giving the gays everything they want, stars of the iconic queer-loved 1997 movie, Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino, teamed up to present the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance for an Ensemble in a Comedy Series on Sunday night (27 February).
… They did so with the nominees listed on Post-it notes, naturally.
Dressed in the signature barbie pink and baby blue outfits, the duo were instantly recognizable as an their characters, taking to the stage to say:
“You look cute,” Sorvino said to Kudrow, “I know, thanks, so do you,” Kudrow responded. “Do you think this is the cutest anyone’s ever looked at an awards show?”
“Oh, totally,” Sorvino confirmed. “I just realized this: We’re wearing great ensembles while presenting to great ensembles.”
“You are so right. You are so right!” Kudrow said, before adding, “And you knew ‘ensemble’ had two meanings, OK, you’re a genius.”
The duo then presented the award to the cast of Ted Lasso, which won the category at the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Foe a full list of winners from the evening click right here.
Watch a clip here or below: