Black Panther wins Marvel its first — but not last — Oscar

Black Panther is a history-making film in so many ways. In addition to featuring the first black superhero in mainstream comics and breaking box office records in the process, Black Panther is also making history at the Academy Awards. Ruth E. Carter’s win for Best Costume Design on Sunday night marked the first time any Marvel Studios film has won an Oscar. She was immediately followed up by Hannah Beachler’s win for Best Production Design, the second Oscar win for any Marvel Studios film. Though Marvel movies like Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy have been nominated in the past for categories like Best Visual Effects, the studio has never actually taken home the gold until now.

Carter’s and Beachler’s wins aren’t just remarkable for what they do for Marvel, of course. Carter is the first black woman to ever win Best Costume Design. So is Beachler in her category, but not just that — she is the first black person to ever even be nominated for Best Production Design. As a result, Beachler’s joy was infectious during her acceptance speech, as she thanked Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and others.

“I stand here because of this man who offered me a different perspective of life,” Beachler, who was also a production designer on Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight and Beyonce’s Lemonade saga, said about Coogler. After a few more thank-yous, she ended her speech with a piece of advice she once received from “a very wise woman”: “I did my best, and my best was good enough.”

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The same could be said for Black Panther itself, which is up for even more undecided Oscars as of this writing. It’s nominated for the biggest award of all, Best Picture. Avengers: Infinity War is also nominated for Best Visual Effects. If they continue to win, Sunday could become an even bigger night for Marvel Studios.

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