Black Panther, the international smash-hit film directed and co-written by Richmond and Oakland raised Ryan Coogler, won for Best Movie and Best Actor at last night’s BET Awards 2018.
While accepting the award, Coogler didn’t forget to give his hometown a shout out.
“Thanks to my family back in Oakland and Richmond, back in the Bay Area,” Coogler said.
Along with shout outs to his colleagues, he gave his “biggest thank you” to the audience: “Everybody who bought tickets, stood out in the cold, who raised money for youngsters to come see the movie…,” he said.
One of the screenings he referred to benefited Richmond students, when about 300 students from Caliber Beta Academy got a private showing of Black Panther.
Black Panther was just one of Coogler’s career successes. His first feature film, Fruitvale Station (2013), won a Sundance Film Festival award, and he co-wrote and directed Creed (2015), the latest in the Rocky series.