Black Panther Makes History Twice In Five Minutes At The Oscars

During the 91st Academy Awards all eyes were on the audience favourite, and early in the evening, 'Black Panther' broke history. Then several minutes later it did it again.

Marvel's Black Panther broke history when it was the first superhero movie to ever be nominated for Best Picture.

Further to that, Ryan Coogler's comic book epic earned a total of seven nominations including Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Original Score, Original Song and Costume Design.

Early in the show Black Panther received its first win for Ruth E. Carter in the Best Costume Design category, it was the first time a black woman had won an Oscar in a non-acting category in more than three decades.

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Carter is the first black person to win an Oscar for Costume Design. In her acceptance speech, she thanked fellow nominee Spike Lee who gave her her start in the industry.

"Marvel may have created the first black superhero," Carter said, "but through costume design, we turned him into an African king."

After Carter's historic win, Hannah Beachler won for her work on Black Panther. Beachler, like Carter, was the first black woman to be nominated and win in the Production Design category.

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Hannah Beachler accepts her history award for Production Design for 'Black Panther' at the 91st Annual Academy Awards. Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

In 1984, Irene Carter was the first black woman to win a non-acting award for Best Original Song on Flashdance.