Ruth E. Carter made history in the sequel to Black Panther four years after she became the first black person to win costume design. Carter was honored again at this year’s Oscar ceremony for her work on the superhero Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Carter’s acceptance speech gave the audience chills as she asked late actor Chadwick Boseman to look after her mother, who died recently.
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Ruth E. Carter, the costume designer best known for her work on the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther, has become the first black woman to win two Oscars. Carter won her first Oscar for Black Panther in 2019, and she later became the first black person to win two Oscars for costume design.
In a crowded field that included Shirley Kurata’s costumes for the multiverse epic Everything, Everything, All At Once and Catherine Martin’s costumes for Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis, she was honored at this year’s award for her work on the superhero film sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. She thanked director Ryan Coogler and asked late “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman to look after her mother, who died recently, in her speech.
“Thank you to the Academy for recognizing the superhero that is a black woman,” Carter began after her win on Saturday night. “She endures, she loves, she overcomes; she is every woman in this film. She is my mother. This past week, Mable Carter became an ancestor. This film prepared me for this moment. Chadwick, please take care of Mom.”
The trendsetter encouraged other black women and young designers to keep up the good work.
“This win, I believe, opens the door for other young costume designers who may not think this industry is for them. And hopefully, they’ll see me, hear my story, and believe that they, too, can win an Oscar.”
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