Ariana DeBose Won Best Supporting Actress at the 2022 Oscars (& Rightfully So)

They may be supporting, but that doesn’t make them any less important.

Tonight, Hollywood’s biggest stars gathered for the 94th annual Academy Awards. During the ceremony, Ariana DeBose won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for West Side Story.

She beat out a stacked group of nominees, including Judi Dench for Belfast, Jessie Buckley for The Lost Daughter, Kirsten Dunst for The Power of the Dog and Aunjanue Ellis for King Richard.

The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress has been around since the ninth annual ceremony in 1937. Last year, Yuh-jung Youn took home the statuette for her role in Minari. She was up against Maria Bakalova for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Glenn Close for Hillbilly Elegy, Olivia Colman for The Father and Amanda Seyfried for Mank.

Other previous winners include Laura Dern for Marriage Story, Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk, Allison Janney for I, Tonya, Viola Davis for Fences, Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl, Patricia Arquette for Boyhood, Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave, Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables, Octavia Spencer for The Help and Melissa Leo for The Fighter.

Thelma Ritter (All About Eve, Pillow Talk) currently holds the record for most nominations in this category, with a total of six. She’s followed by Amy Adams (Vice, The Fighter), who has five nods.

*Pops Champagne*

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