Mia Neal, Jamika Wilson First Black Ladies To Win Make-up & Hairstyling Oscar For ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Backside,’ With Sergio Lopez-Rivera

The make-up and hairstyling group for Ma Rainey’s Black Backside — Mia Neal, Jamika Wilson, and Sergio Lopez-Rivera — have taken the Oscar within the class, an historic win as Neal and Wilson are the primary Black nominees, and winners, within the house.

All three had been first-time contenders. Neal was hair and wig designer and make-up division head; Wilson, private hair stylist for star Viola Davis, and Lopez-Rivera her private make-up at.

“We break this glass ceiling with a lot pleasure,” stated Neal, accepting the award. “I can image … a day when this is not going to be uncommon or groundbreaking, it is not going to be regular.”

The trio emerged victorious for the epic, garish, mournful transformation of star Davis into legendary blues singer Ma Rainey in addition to the loving Twenties Chicago styling for the remainder of the solid. They had been thought of front-runners tonight, with the movie having gained for make-up and hair on the BAFTA Awards, the Critics Selection Awards and the Hollywood Make-up Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards.

The movie was an ode to the well-known blues singer’s willpower within the face of the racism of the interval and Davis was additionally sturdy contender for Finest Actress tonight. Chadwick Boseman, in his closing position earlier than his dying final August, was additionally anticipated to win a posthumous Finest Actor award as Ma Rainey’s brash band member and trumpet participant Levee.


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