By: Amadi Taylor
Hannah Beachler became the first Black production designer to ever be nominated for an Academy Award on Tuesday. From ‘Fruitvale Station’, to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ and more, Hannah Beachler’s imagination and talent to renovate sets has made her a prominent production designer on some of the most culturally significant portrayals of Black excellence in film.
Beachler’s awe inspiring work on the hit movie Black Panther earned her a 2019 Oscar nomination for production design. In the Oscar’s 91- year history, this is the first time a Black person has ever been nominated in this category.
For women creating their own path, Beachler told Essence her advice would be: "Specialize. Know what you want. No matter what field or industry you’re going into, if there is a goal, then specializing will make it easier to navigate how to get there."
Ryan's Coogler's 'Black Panther' earned a total of seven Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture, making it the first Marvel film to earn a nod in this category. The legendary Ruth Carter received a nod in Costume Design for the film.
Other notable nominations include Regina King, who earned a nod for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for 'If Beale Street Could Talk,' Mahershala Ali, who was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 'Green Book', and co-director Peter Ramsey's ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse’ earned a nod for Best Animated Film.
The 91st Academy Awards airs on Sunday, February 24.