KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – There were some screams, some tears, and a whole lot of pride when Hannah Beachler’s name was announced Sunday night. Back in Kettering, Marcia Beachler and her friends were watching and listening to an Oscar acceptance speech aimed at them.
Marcia says Hannah earned this honor. “It made me cry.” They were tears of joy after watching her daughter make history.
Marcia says, “She did call this morning and we had some screams and cries together.”
Hannah worked on smaller projects for several years before scoring a big break in 2013 on the film Fruitvale Station. Now she has a career-defining achievement.
Marcia says Hannah’s dream was always to be recognized for quality work, not just the biggest or highest-grossing films. But making that happen wasn’t always easy. “She was very independent, was a single mom. She basically supported herself. She really went through some tough times in her life.”
Hannah was adopted when she was just 11 months old, and grew up in a largely white family, and community. Marcia says Hannah has worked hard to explore her own unique character. “She needed to find her own identity and that’s what she’s doing in this. I’m really thankful to Ryan, the director that she loves so much.”
Marcia is proud the world now knows what she’s always known about her daughter. “She’s intelligent in so many areas of life, I’m kind of awed by all that, really.”