Black excellence reigned supreme at the 2019 Oscar Awards. In the middle of all the victories was the fact Black Panther did something no other Marvel movie has done before. Black Panther became the first Marvel Studios movie to win an Oscar.
In total, the film earned seven nominations and ultimately walked away with three of those win, notably for the behind-the-scenes categories of Best Original Score (Ludwig Goransson), Best Costume Design (Ruth E. Carter), and Best Production Design (Hannah Beachler).
For Carter, this is the first time a black woman has ever won the Oscar for Best Costume Design. Carter was quick to give thanks to fellow Oscar winner, Spike Lee for giving her a start in 1988’s School Daze, which he directed.
“This has been a long time coming,” Carter said onstage while basking in her much-deserved Oscar moment. Carter had been nominated twice before in the category, in 1998 for Amistad and in 1993 for Malcolm X.
“ [Being the first black person to win this award] means that we’ve opened up the door. Finally, the door is wide open,” Carter said backstage following her historic moment. “I’ve been struggling, digging deep, mentoring, whatever I could to raise others up… this means there is hope and other people can come on in and win an Oscar just like I did.”
With Beachler’s win, this is also the first time a black woman has ever won the Oscar for Best Production Design. Carter and Beachler are also only the second and third black women to ever win an Oscar outside of the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories.
” I stand here with agency and self-worth because of Ryan Coogler,” Beachler said of Black Panther’s director. Beacher also gave thanks to Marvel, who she said “lifted us up” every day during the process of making the film.
Goransson didn’t have too much to say about winning for Best Original Score but he did show a lot of love for Coogler.
“Ryan, working with you has been an incredible honor.” Said Goransson.
Overall, the night was a reminder and a series of factual events. Marvel Studios might want to consider making the Black Panther franchise it’s number one priority going forward in the MCU.
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