The talent behind the scenes of “Black Panther” made history at the 2019 Oscars.
Ruth E. Carter became the first black person to win Best Costume Design and Hannah Beachler became the first black person to win Best Production Design. Both worked on “Black Panther.”
Their wins were not just a huge sign of support for the year’s biggest movies, but historic and a sign that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is changing.
Carter’s win was a long time coming, as she referenced in her acceptance speech.
“Wow, wow.. I got it. Wow, this has been a long time coming. Spike Lee, thank you for my start.”
She continued, “Marvel may have made the first black superhero, but through costume design we turned him into an African king.”
Beachler took time to effusively thank “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler.
“I stand here with agency and self-worth because of Ryan Coogler, who not only made me a better designer, a better storyteller, a better person.”
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