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Rita Moreno's Oscars Acceptance Speech | Video

Rita Moreno's Oscar Acceptance Speech Was Only 15 Seconds, and It Was Perfection!

Rita Moreno paved the way for Latinas in entertainment 56 years ago. The Puerto Rican-born Hollywood trailblazer won best supporting actress at the Oscars in 1962 for her powerful (and frequently emulated) role as Anita in West Side Story, and as one of six Oscar-winning Latino actors — seriously, only six — she's still a huge influencer in both our community and the industry. (Maybe you've seen her as Rogelio De La Vega's mom, Liliana, on Jane the Virgin or as Lydia in Netflix's One Day at a Time?)

But perhaps the most endearing thing about her Oscars win was her acceptance speech — or lack thereof. In preparation for the 90th Academy Awards on Mar. 4, we unearthed the black-and-white clip of the groundbreaking moment in history, and it's a must see.

Watch Rita, wearing an adorable updo and structured dress, fast walk up to the stage, smile wide, and say, "I can't believe it! Good lord . . . I'll leave you with that!" Mic drop.

Image Source: Everett Collection
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