LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Wednesday, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson honored Academy Award® historymakers Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler, who won Best Costume Design and Best Production Design, respectively, for their work in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther and are the first African-Americans to win in their categories.
Both Carter and Beachler brought their Oscar® statuettes to City Hall for the special council presentation.
Wednesday’s council presentation continued a month of highlighting, recognizing and celebrating the achievements of women during Women’s History Month and follows last month’s “Blacks in Cinema” exhibit that paid homage to movies and television shows from the 1970s that featured primarily black casts. In addition, in conjunction with Disney, a mini-art installation featuring 10 ft. images from Black Panther was on display for the public in the City Hall Rotunda.
“Ruth Carter and Hannah Beachler have not only cracked the glass ceiling–they’ve shattered it,” said Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson. “They are every bit as groundbreaking and inspirational as the film “Black Panther” and I’m proud to be able to honor these modern day vanguards. Even more exciting than their Oscar® wins is their continued commitment to making sure that they pave the way for other aspiring blacks in film and television to be able to achieve the same height of success.”