Oscar firsts: The rise of the marginalized

Ariana DeBose, Troy Kotsur, and 'CODA' make history at the 2022 Academy Awards

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28/03/22 | StarsInsider

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The Academy Awards have been largely criticized over the years, with hashtags like #OscarsSoWhite and #OscarsSoMale highlighting serious and persistent inequalities. With the 2022 nominations, 16 years after George Clooney claimed in his acceptance speech that the Oscars are leading the charge on progress, we're still seeing the awards make some historic firsts for underrepresented filmmakers.

'CODA' is an enormous winner of the night, after taking home Best Picture in what some might say was a surprising win, but most definitely a deserved one, and its cast—including Best Supporting Actor winner Troy Kotsur—marked an important night for the deaf community. 

'West Side Story' star Ariana DeBose also made LGBTQ and Afro Latina history with her Best Supporting Actress win, which somewhat poetically follows the only other Latina to win an acting Oscar: Rita Moreno, who played the same character as DeBose in the 1961 version of 'West Side Story.'

Check out this gallery to see the other history-making moments of the Oscars to celebrate the work of minorities and the marginalized.

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