Black Panther Becomes Marvel Studios' First Oscar Winner

Carla Harmon
February 25, 2019

Hannah Beachler made history Sunday as the first African American to take home a trophy in the production design category for her work on Black Panther.

Black Panther goes down in history as the movie just became the first Marvel Studios' Oscar win. It is the first comic book film to be nominated in the Best Picture category, and is also nominated for Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Original Song for Kendrick Lamar and SZA's "All the Stars".

Queen launched Sunday's ceremony with a medley of hits that gave the awards a distinctly Grammy-like flavor as Hollywood's most prestigious ceremony sought to prove that it's still "champion of the world" after last year's record-low ratings. Still, this year's nominations were criticized for not including a female best director nominee or a best-picture nominee directed by a woman.

She's up for the Oscar with The Favourite, First Man, Mary Poppins Returns and Roma.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has endured a series of controversies, beginning with the proposal to introduce a "popular film" category. Kevin Hart was host and then he wasn't. After a period of confusion, it was finally confirmed the awards would be mounted without a host, the first time that's happened in 30 years.

Producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss have pledged that the show will be speedier this year, even though its initial goal of a three-hour broadcast has faded.

But just how many people have seen one of the top nominees and the film favored to win best picture - Cuaron's "Roma" - remains unknown.

As for politics, a recurring theme involved the Trump administration's immigration polices, although the most overt and rousing came from Spike Lee - a victor for adapted screenplay for his movie "BlacKkKlansman" - who pointed to the 2020 election, urging people to "be on the right side of history". Lee has said he likes his film's underdog position as a "dark horse - pun intended".

Carter also thanked filmmaker Spike Lee for giving her her start.

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