Hannah Beachler's emotional speech during historic Oscars production design win: 'My best is good enough'

PHOTO: Jay Hart and Hannah Beachler pose with their Oscars for best production design for "Black Panther," Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.PlayJordan Strauss/Invision/AP
WATCH Oscar winner's emotional speech: 'My best is good enough'

Hannah Beachler on Sunday made history as the first African-American to be nominated for -- and win -- an Academy Award in production design for her work on "Black Panther."

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In an emotional speech, Beachler thanked "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler.

PHOTO: Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart accept the Best Production Design award for Black Panther at the 91st Academy Awards, Feb. 24, 2019. Mike Blake/Reuters
Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart accept the Best Production Design award for "Black Panther" at the 91st Academy Awards, Feb. 24, 2019.

Coogler "not only made me a better designer, a better storyteller, a better person," she said, shaking at times. "I stand here because of this man who offered me a different perspective of life, who offered me a safe space, and gave me air, humanity and brotherhood."

"I am stronger because of Marvel, who gave me the opportunity to do my best, who supported the vision of this film and lifted us up every day," she said.

I give this strength to all of those who come next, to keep going, to never give up.

She went on, "I am stronger because of my family who supported me through the roughest of times. I give the strength to all of those who come next to keep going, to never give up. And when you think it's impossible, just remember ... this piece of advice I got from a very wise woman: I did my best and my best is good enough."

Reese Witherspoon was among those moved by the powerful speech.

After her win, in a backstage interview for "Good Morning America," Beachler told ABC News' Lara Spencer, "I want all the young women of color and girls of color to be able to now stand on my shoulders."

"Because I have stood on so many shoulders of all the women that came before me ... that have fought for me to be here," Beachler said. "That's what this means to me ... now it's my turn to give."

Beachler's "Black Panther" colleague Ruth Carter also made history Sunday night, becoming the first African-American to win the Oscar for best costume design.

PHOTO: Ruth E. Carter accepts the Best Costume Design award for Black Panther at the Oscars in Los Angeles, Feb. 24, 2019. Mike Blake/Reuters
Ruth E. Carter accepts the Best Costume Design award for "Black Panther" at the Oscars in Los Angeles, Feb. 24, 2019.

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