Black Panther won two back-to-back Oscars on Sunday night, marking several historic firsts. With Panther’s win, it becomes the first Marvel Studios film to win an Oscar.
By winning in the best production design category, Hannah Beachler became the first Black person ever to take the prize in that category. Beachler has worked on films like Moonlight, Creed, Fruitvale Station and, very very importantly, she was also the production designer on Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
Ruth E. Carter, who won the Oscar for costume design for her work on Black Panther also made history with her victory as the first Black person to win in the category, as well.
“I hope this makes you proud,” she said as she won. "Marvel may have created the first black superhero, but through costume design, we turned him into an African king.”
She added, “It's been my life's honor to create costumes. Thank you to the Academy, thank you for honoring African royalty, and the empowered way women can look and lead on screen."
Carter was also the first Black person to be nominated for costume design in 1993 for Malcolm X and was nominated a second time for Amistad in 1998.
New York Times writer Kyle Buchanan pointed out on Twitter that only 3 Black women have won non-acting Oscars in history, including Beachler and Carter. The other is Irene Cara, who won an oscar for best original song for Flashdance’s “What a Feeling.”
Only 3 black women have won Oscars for anything other than acting. 2 of them just happened tonight.
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) February 25, 2019
Black Panther has several other nominations under its belt, including best score and best picture.
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