Oscars set record for most individual Black winners

Black winners
Regina King, Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler.

BY TRACY BROWN
LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS

The Feb. 24 Oscars marked a record-breaking year for recognizing the achievement of Black artists.

Shattering a record set in 2017, the 91st Academy Awards bestowed trophies upon seven Black winners in six categories.

Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler were among the early winners, taking home the awards for costume design and production design, respectively, for their work in “Black Panther.”

They both made history as the first Black winners recognized in their categories as well as the first two people to take home awards for their work on a Marvel movie.

Named the best

Spike Lee nabbed his first Academy Award, in the adapted screenplay category, for co-writing “BlacKkKlansman” along with Kevin Willmott.

Regina King and Mahershala Ali took the supporting actress and actor categories. King was recognized for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” while Ali’s win was for his role in “Green Book.”

Additionally, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” co-director Peter Ramsey nabbed an Oscar in the animated feature category.

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