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Local 798 Member Makes History
Mia Neal, longtime hair stylist with Local 798, has made history as the first black woman in the Academy Awards's history- along with her collaborator, Jamika Wilson- to win the make-up and hairstyling category for an Oscar.
Neal's win on Sunday, April 25, 2021 comes after she transformed the image of Oscar-winning actress, Viola Davis, into Ma Rainey, the "Mother of Blues" for the Netflix film, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," which also stars the late Chadwick Boseman.
"I am overwhelmed with gratitude to be honored by such a prestigious committee," said Neal.
Read more about this historic moment, 40 years after the category was created by the Academy. 










Mia Neal styles Viola Davis' hair to perform the role of Ma Rainey