Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson Wednesday will honor Academy Award winners Hannah Beachler and Ruth E. Carter for their work on “Black Panther.”
Beachler, who won the Oscar for production design, and Carter, for costume design, became the first black women to win Oscars in their categories.
“Ruth Carter and Hannah Beachler have not only cracked the glass ceiling — they’ve shattered it,” Wesson said in a statement. “They are every bit as groundbreaking and inspirational as the film `Black Panther’ and I’m proud to be able to honor these modern-day vanguards. Even more exciting than their Oscar wins is their continued commitment to making sure that they pave the way for other aspiring blacks in film and television to be able to achieve the same height of success.”
The designers helped bring to life Wakanda, the fictional African country where most of “Black Panther” takes place. The 2018 superhero film is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.
The City Council presentation will continue a month of highlighting, recognizing and celebrating the achievements of women during Women’s History Month and follows last month’s “Blacks in Cinema” exhibit, which paid homage to 1970s films and TV shows featuring mostly black casts.
Along with the council ceremony, an art installation featuring 10-foot images from “Black Panther” will be on display for the public in the City Hall Rotunda from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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