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Ariana DeBose Celebrates Historic Oscar Win With Girlfriend Sue Makkoo

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Ariana DeBose was surrounded by nothing but love during her big night at Sunday's 94th annual Academy Awards.

The Out100 2021 honoree and Oscar-winning actress, who won the award for Best Supporting Actress after playing Anita in Steven Spielberg's 2021 remake of movie-musical West Side Story, making history as the first out actress of color to take home the award, graced the annual, star-studded Vanity Fair Oscar Party after the ceremony ended, and she was walking hand-in-hand with her girlfriend, Broadway costume designer Sue Makkoo! 

Earlier in the night, Makkoo took to Instagram after her girlfriend's monumental win to celebrate the occasion with a super cute selfie.

"What are your dreams made of? Thank you Academy for seeing her!" Makkoo captioned her post. "We should all lean in to the things our lives are meant for."

Though the competition was stacked, DeBose, who already had a Golden Globe and SAG Award win under her belt at the time of her Oscar win, beat out other icons Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter), Judi Dench (Belfast), Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog), and Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard) for the title of this year's Best Actress.

"Even in this weary world that we live, dreams do come true, and that's really a heartening thing right now," DeBose said in her emotional acceptance speech. 

"Imagine this little girl in the back seat of a white Ford Focus. Look into her eyes, you see an openly queer woman of color, an Afro-Latina who found her strength in life through art, and that's what I believe we're here to celebrate," she continued. "So to anyone who has ever questioned your identity, or if you find yourself living in the grey spaces, I promise you this: there is indeed a place for us."

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