South Africans Trevor Noah and Charlize Theron put on the glitz at this year’s 2019 Academy Awards. Trevor Noah presented Best Picture nominee Black Panther, saying “Black Panther may be an African hero, but his story and his appeal are universal. I know this personally because of all the people who constantly come up to me and say ‘Wakanda Forever.’” He then threw shade at actor/director Mel Gibson, adding “ Mel Gibson came up to me like ‘Wakanda Forever’. He said another word after that, but the Wakanda part was nice.
Charlize Theron arrived at the Oscars 2019 red carpet in a light blue couture Dior gown but with a completely new hairstyle – from her former trademark blonde locks to a short brunette bob cut. She topped it off with 300 carats of diamonds and 20 carats of sapphires from BVLGARI.
“Black Panther”, whose South African actors included John Kani, Atandwa Kani, Connie Chiume – and Trevor Noah’s voice, was nominated for 7 and won 3 Oscars for Best Costume Design (Ruth E. Carter) Best Original Music Score, and Best Production Design.
Speaking to People Magazine from Johannesburg, Connie Chiume said “we are very, very excited for all the nominations and the Oscars that ‘Black Panther’ received.” She added, “It really means so much to us as Africans, and African women – and the story showed Africa in a positive light, and portrayed the strong continent that we aspire to live in. “