Black Panther continues its wave-making outside the screen as the block Buster movie took home several trophies on Oscars night.
Sunday evening, Black Panther made history when it became the first Marvel Studios film to ever win an Academy Award.
In total, the film earned seven nominations and ultimately walked away with three of those wins, 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).
“Marvel may have created the first black superhero, but through costume design, we turned him into an African king,” Carter said during her acceptance speech. “It’s been my life’s honour to create costumes. Thank you to the Academy and thank you for honouring African royalty and the empowered way women can look and lead on screen.”
The film was also nominated for the prestigious honour of Best Picture, which ultimately went to the Green Book, which stars Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen.
In addition, Black Panther was nominated for Best Original Song for SZA and Kendrick Lamar’s “All the Stars,” Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. The ceremonies were a fitting way to top off the legacy that Black Panther has paved thus far, becoming the second highest-grossing film of 2018, behind Avengers: Infinity War, and the fifth Marvel Cinematic universe film to ever hit the $1 billion mark.
Black Panther was celebrated across the African content for creating the first African superhero and the technologically advanced kingdom of Wakanda, on Sunday earned its creators, Marvel Studios, their first Oscar awards.
Ruth Carter and Hannah Beachler won the costume design and production design prizes respectively, becoming the first black winners in their categories.
Carter also worked on Malcolm X and Selma while Beachler who shared the production design award with Jay Hart, previously worked on Moonlight, Creed and Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
While the coveted Best Picture prize was won by controversial civil rights drama “Green Book”, and Alfonso Cuaron bagged a hat trick of Oscars for “Roma,” his love letter to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City, the list of winners was as diverse as can be.
“Green Book” also won a widely expected best supporting actor trophy for Mahershala Ali, and a best original screenplay award.
Egyptian-born Rami Malek was named best actor for his role as Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, delivering a moving speech about his story as a first-generation American.
Hollywood’s celebrated black director, Spike Lee won his first ever competitive prize, for best adapted screenplay for race drama “BlacKkKlansman.”
“BlacKkKlansman” is a searing yet sometimes hilarious broadside against racism with the stranger-than-fiction true story of an African-American police officer who managed to infiltrate the highest levels of the Ku Klux Klan.
61-year-old Lee had not won a competitive Oscar despite making films that have captivated audiences all over the world for more than 30 years.
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There Oscars had no host for the first time in three decades, after comedian Kevin Hart bowed out amid a backlash over past tweets.