Black Panther entered in the Oscars record books for several reasons last night. Two women, who played major roles in the movie, made history by being the first people of African descent win their categories.
Ruth E. Carter came up first, she won her category, the best costume design in a movie. Hannah Beachler came up next to win the Oscar in the production design category. This was the ninety-first Oscars and it held at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles.
Carter’s win came after her third nomination at the Oscars. She had been previously nominated for her work in “Malcolm X” and “Amistad.” According to her, she had dreamt and prayed for that win for a long time. She went ahead to dedicate the award to her 97-year-old mother and Spike Lee. She appreciated Lee for giving her the opportunity to break into the industry through the movie “School Gaze” in 1998.
Beachler couldn’t stop the tears from rolling down her cheeks as she received her award with Jay R. Hart by her side. It was her effort that brought the world of Wakanda to our screens. She expressed gratitude to Ryan Coogler, who she had worked with on other movies, for making her a better designer, storyteller, and person. She also appreciated Marvel for giving her the opportunity to work on the project.
Both women played key roles in bringing to reality the idea of Wakanda and Black Panther. Congratulations to them.