Centerville native wins Academy Award

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LOS ANGELES, California (WDTN) — This year’s Academy Awards had some Miami Valley flavor.

Centerville native and Wright State University graduate Hannah Beachler won an Oscar for “Best Production Design” for her work on Marvel’s “Black Panther.”

Beachler is the first black woman to win, or even be nominated in that category.

It was a great night for diversity at the Oscars, thanks in part to the groundbreaking Marvel film “Black Panther.”

Celebrated costume designer Ruth E. Carter won for her vivid, futuristic designs, the first black winner in the category, and moments later Hannah Beachler became the first black winner (and nominee, too) in production design.

“This has been a long time coming,” mused Carter, who thanked the academy for honoring “the empowered way women can look and lead onscreen.”

As for Beachler, she gave a deeply emotional speech, singling out the ways she had become stronger.

“I give the strength to all of those who come next to keep going, to never give up,” she said.

Beachler was also the production designer on the Oscar-winning picture “Moonlight” as well as on “Lemonade”, Beyonce’s visual album.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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