Last night’s Oscar Awards ceremony may not have been what we’re used to seeing, but one things for sure Chocolate stars were representing. First time Oscar winners Daniel Kaluuya and H.E.R. walked away with the golden statue. Kaluuya, won for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Fred Hampton, the leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party who was killed in 1969 during a police raid in Chicago. The song “Fight For You” by H.E.R. also won for Best Original Song.
In other chocolate surprises, accepting the Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” hair department head Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, star Viola Davis’ personal hairstylist, became the first Black women to win an Oscar for makeup and hairstyling. Neal and Wilson first made history in March when they became the first Black women to be nominated in the category.
“To be the changing point of this is amazing,” she added. “It’s crazy to think that we are the first Black nominees in this category, but we aren’t the last. I agree with what Mia was saying, that now I feel like I need to step up my game like we’re setting this example.”