Wright State grad who made history with Oscar win returns to campus


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    FAIRBORN, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Wright State University alumna and Oscar winner Hannah Beachler returned to campus after accepting her award and making history.

    Beachler was the first African-American woman to win an Academy Award for Best Production Design. She graduated from WSU in 2005, and received the award for her work on the movie 'Black Panther'.

    ABC 22/FOX 45 caught up with her on campus on Friday, and she said that her visit was about more than just talking with students.

    Wright State grad makes history with Oscar win

    LOS ANGELES, California (WKEF/WRGT) - A Wright State University graduate made history on the Oscars stage Sunday night, becoming the first African-American woman to win an Academy Award for Best Production Design. Hannah Beachler graduated from Wright State in 2005 and received the award for her work on the movie "Black Panther.

    "I share it with Wright State," Beachler said. "I wanted to come and share it with the students and show them what's possible and what the program can do for everyone."

    Beachler worked on 'Black Panther' for more than a year and oversaw a $30 million art budget. Getting the job wasn't easy, she spent $12,000 of her own money, hired a concept illustrator to create her own story to put on a 400-page book presentation.

    In addition to that title, she worked on 'Moonlight', 'Creed' and several other major motion pictures.

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