From blockbuster milestones (hello, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first Academy Award!) to monumental achievements for people of color (Ruth E. Carter, Mahershala Ali, and Hannah Beachler blazed trails in their respective categories) on Hollywood’s biggest night, Sunday’s Oscars yielded several history-making moments. Read on for a full breakdown of historic victories (and other Academy firsts) from the 2019 Oscars.

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  • A record number of women took home awards tonight: 15 total, from Best Original Song to Best Production Design
  • Best Supporting Actress winner Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) is one of only three black actresses who’ve won accolades at the Oscars and the Emmys.
  • Alfonso Cuarón (Roma) is the first director to win Best Cinematography for his or her own film.
  • Green Book star Mahershala Ali becomes the first black actor to win two Best Supporting Actor Oscars.
  • Best Costume Design champion Ruth E. Carter makes history as the first black woman to win in the category.
  • Black Panther’s Hannah Beachler is the first black woman to win for Best Production Design .
  • Carter’s victory also marks the first Oscar win for Marvel Studios; Beachler’s is the second.
  • Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb are the first pair of women to win Best Animated Short.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the first victory for Sony in the Animated Feature category.
  • Spike Lee wins his first competitive Oscar for writing BlacKkKlansman‘s screenplay.
  • Best Actor champion Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), King, and Ali’s victories collectively mark the first time a majority of a single Oscar ceremony’s acting winners are people of color.
  • The 2019 Oscars breaks the record for most female winners during a single telecast, with Olivia Colman’s Best Actress upset over Glenn Close tallying the evening’s 15th victory for women.
  • The ceremony also sees the most number of black winners in history, with seven overall.

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