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Ariana DeBose, Mitch McConnell and The Power of the Dog: The queerest Oscar moments

ABC Screenshot, Ariana DeBose 

Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, and Regina Hall commanded Hollywood’s biggest night this year, with an Oscars telecast that ran a full three hours, 40 minutes. Of course, with an evening that along it was bound to have its share of queer moments.

To recap the top awards of the evening:

Ariana DeBose took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in West Side Story. DeBose becomes the second actress to win the award for playing the role of Anita, following in the footsteps of Rita Moreno. DeBose also becomes the first openly LGBTQ woman of color to win an acting Oscar and her moving speech matched her achievement.

Best Supporting Actor went to Troy Kotsur for his work in Coda. Jessica Chastain took home Best Actress for her work in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, while Will Smith snagged Best Actor for his performance in King Richard.

Jane Campion took home the Best Director statue for the very queer The Power of the Dog, while Coda took home the evening’s top prize, Best Picture. Overall, the biggest winners of the evening were Dune which took home six awards, followed by Coda with three wins.

Awards aside, the best moments of the night came when the hosts told jokes at Mitch McConnell‘s expense, said “gay” to make Florida uncomfortable, Regina Hall’s COVID tests, Elliot Page taking to the stage, Liza Minnelli’s cameo, the Will Smith-Chris Rock jaw-dropper, not to mention the many quips that ensued.

And of course, Kristen Stewart not wearing pants and Timothée Chalamet not wearing a shirt also made us happy.