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Black Oscars: Black Panther African American winners make history

All was not lost for Black Panther at the Oscars as two of its winners made history.

Favourite Black Panther may not have won the Best Picture at this year’s Oscar Awards but the film certainly made history during the Awards.

According to BBC, two Black Panther crew members made Oscar history by becoming the first black winners in their categories. Ruth Carter scooped the costume design trophy, and Hannah Beachler shared the production design prize with Jay Hart. As reported by The New York Times, the two African American women became the first African-American women to win Oscars in their categories, and the first to win in a non-acting category since Irene Cara in 1984, who won for Best Original Song, “Flashdance…What A Feeling,” which she co-wrote.

Beachler and Carter were instrumental in bringing to life the lush Wakanda, the fictional African country where most of “Black Panther” takes place. Carter, whose career stretches three decades, went to great lengths, like using a 3-D printer, to authentically create costumes influenced by indigenous people across the African continent. Beachler’s mapping of Wakanda was essential in helping Carter execute that vision, continued the New York Times report. “This has been a long time coming,” Carter said in her speech. “Marvel may have created the first black superhero but through costume design, we turned him into an African king.”

Meanwhile, Beachler who has previously worked on Moonlight, Creed and Beyonce’s Lemonade -paid tribute to 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. I stand here because of this man who gave me a different perspective of life, who offered me a safe space, who’s patient and gave me air, humanity, and brotherhood. Thank you, Ryan, I love you.”

The 2018 Marvel film which was lauded as an iconic movie made history by being the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. The movie also won the Best Original Score award at the 91st award ceremony.

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