How These Oscar Winners Made History

Playing History and Diversity Take Center Stage at 91st Oscars

Filmmakers were making history at the 91st Academy Awards.

Not only did "Black Panther" sweep several categories Sunday night, but two of its female leaders won Oscar firsts.

Ruth E. Carter designed the intricate and colorful costumes for the ground-breaking super hero movie, and she took home the award for Best Costume Design. Carter is the first black person to win the Oscar in that category.

“Marvel may have created the first black superhero, but through costume design, we turned him into an African king," Carter said holding her golden statue. “Thank you to the Academy. Thank you for honoring African royalty and the empowered way women can look and lead on screen.”

And Hannah Beachler won Best Production Design for her work on "Black Panther," becoming the first black person to win in that category as well.

Spike Lee had a special night as well. He snagged the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for "BlacKkKlansman." It was his first competitive Oscar. 

“Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history. ... Let’s do the right thing!” Lee said after jumping in the arms of Samuel L. Jackson, who presented the award with Brie Larson.

Lee had previously won the Honorary Award in 2015. He was also nominated in 1990 for "Do the Right Thing" and in 1998 for "4 Little Girls."

Fellow director, Alfonso Cuarón, also made history, becoming the first director to win Best Cinematography for his or her own film, "Roma." He walked away with three Oscars in total Sunday night.

Rami Malek became the first Arab-American to win Best Actor, which he received for portraying Freddie Mercury in Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody."

When Mahershala Ali was named Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Green Book," the actor became the first black person to win that award twice.

And Lady Gaga took home her very first Oscar, winning Best Original Song for writing "Shallow" for "A Star Is Born." It w

"It's not about winning, but what it's about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it," Lady Gaga said.

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