Wakanda Forever! ‘Black Panther’ makes Oscar history for Diversity and Marvel

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Wakanda Forever! ‘Black Panther’ makes Oscar history for Diversity and Marvel

By: Genesis Sequeira

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Black Panther has been making history since its debut on February 2018.

During last night’s 2019 Academy Awards, Black Panther took home three awards. This was a major achievement for Marvel Studios, which had never won an Oscar before.

Ruth Carter accepted Marvel’s first Oscar for Best Costume Design in a Motion Picture. Carter, whose career stretches three decades, has also worked on Selma, Malcolm X and Amistad. Hannah Beachler followed with a win for Best Production Design. The third Oscar was for Best Original Score.

Ruth Carter
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They became the first black women to win Oscars in their respective categories. They were also just the second and third black women to win an Academy Award for a nonacting category since 1983.

Hannah Beachler
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Both Ruth Carter and Hannah Beachler played key roles in making Black Panther into the billion dollar global phenomenon that it is today. Both were inspired by a broad mix of African cultures to create the vibrant and futuristic Wakandan atmosphere.

Carter said she hopes that her win can open doors for other African-Americans who want to follow her and Beachler’s footsteps.

Ryan Coogler was not nominated for Best Director, but received a lot of love from all Black Panther Oscar winners.

 

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