Hannah Beachler takes home the Production Design Oscar for Black Panther
“I want to congratulate all the nominees for an amazing year of world building and storytelling,” said Beachler. “I want to thank the Academy for this incredible honour. “This is not just my moment, this moment is shared with every black woman who came before me, this moment is shared with every young black and brown girl who is told you are not good enough, you are not pretty enough, you are not talented enough. I’m here to say, enough! You are beautiful and you are worthy.”
The accolade comes at the height of a tremendous award season for Beachler, who is the first African American to both be nominated for and receive the Academy Award for production design. This year she also received the Art Directors’ Guild Award for Fantasy Film, and the Saturn Award for Best Production Design.
“I stand here stronger than I was yesterday. I stand here with agency and self worth because of Ryan Coogler who not only made me a better designer and better storyteller, but a better person,” Beachler continued. “I am stronger because of Marvel who gave me the opportunity to do my best, who supported the vision of this film and lifted us up everyday – Victoria, Kevin, Lou and Nate.
“I am stronger because of an art department crew who led with their hearts, and brought their experiences, talent, courage, humility, and hard work to the table. Supervising art director Alan Hook and set decorator Jay Hart, Thank You.
“I am stronger because of my son, who for 20 years as a single mother sacrificed the most. I love you Dominic James.”
The cast and crew of Black Panther were also honoured with Oscar wins for Best Costume Design for Ruth E. Carter and Best Original Music Score for Ludwig Göransson, as well as nominations for: Best Picture; Best Original Song; Best Sound Editing; and Best Sound Mixing.