Dayton Native Wins Oscar, Makes History

Melody Conrad  
Assistant A&E Editor

Hannah Beachler, raised in Centerville, Ohio, won an Oscar for Best Production Design, making history as the first African-American woman to win in this category.

Beachler attended Wright State University and graduated from University of Cincinnati, according to IMDb.

She received the award based on her work in “Black Panther” at the 91st annual Academy Awards Sunday evening. Beachler developed the Wakanda setting, basing the design off ruins from Mpumalanga in South Africa according to WHIO.

During her acceptance speech, Beachler thanked film director Ryan Coogler and mentor Carol Trevino, among others. She ended her speech with guidance shared with her earlier in life.

“When you think it’s impossible, just remember to say this piece of advice I got from a very wise woman: ‘I did my best, and my best is good enough.’”

Click here to view Beachler’s acceptance speech.

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