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DDN: Dayton will be well-represented at the Oscars with historic nomination for Wright State graduate

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

A Wright State University graduate has been nominated for an Academy Award for her work on Marvel’s “Black Panther.” 

Hannah Beachler, a 2005 WSU graduate, is the first African-American to be nominated in the category for Best Production Design.

Beachler grew up in Centerville and studied fashion design at the University of Cincinnati before attending Wright State’s Motion Picture Program. 

Beachler explained her role in films as “forcing the viewer to see things in a certain way,” during a talk with students at WSU in December 2017. 

“Production design is what everything else bounces off of — it’s architecture, it’s color palette and it’s everything in the room,” Beachler said. “I’m the first one hired after the director and first one on the job after the director. I work with producers, cinematographer, costume design and visual effects.” 

Before “Black Panther,” Beachler worked as a production designer on the Academy Award-winning movie “Moonlight.” The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2017. She also worked on Beyonce’s visual album “Lemonade” that originally premiered on HBO, according to Wright State.