SPEECH BY: Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart
FILM: "Black Panther"
New Orleans, you hear me? Okay, I gotta put these on and I don’t even know where I put my speech because I put it in the phone and now I can’t find it. I’m really shaking hard. Okay. I love you. I want to thank all of the nominees in this category for the extraordinary worlds that they built this year. So honored to be a part of that. I want to thank the Academy, thank you so much. Ryan Coogler. I stand here stronger than I was yesterday. I stand here with agency and self-worth because of Ryan Coogler. You not only made me a better designer, a better storyteller, a better person, I stand here because of this man who offered me a different perspective of life, who offered me a safe space, who’s patient and gave me air, humanity and brotherhood. Thank you, Ryan. I love you. I am stronger because Marvel(?), who gave me the opportunity to do my best, who supported the vision of this film, and lifted us up every day. Victoria Alonso, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, and the man with the best laugh ever, Nate Moore. Thank you. And it was brought stronger because of an art department crew who lead with their hearts and brought their experiences, talent, courage, humility, and hard work to the table. Supervising art director Alan Hook and set decorator Jay Hart, thank you. I’m stronger today because of this wonderful cast who every day stepped into this world and breathed life into it. Because of Ruth Carter and Rachel Morrison and everything they did behind the camera with me. I am stronger because of a woman who supported me every day, that I wanted to give up, this is for you, my friend, Carol Trevino. Rest in power. I’m stronger because of my family who supported me through the [unintelligible] of time. I give this strength to all of those who come next, to keep going, to never give up. And 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. Thank you.
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