Ruth E. Carter, the costume designer, has made history by becoming the first Black woman to win two Oscars. She received her second award for costume design for the upcoming film “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” In 2019, she became the first Black woman to win an Oscar in the same category for her work on the first “Black Panther” movie.
During her acceptance speech, Carter expressed her gratitude towards the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for recognizing the portrayal of a Black woman as a superhero. She stated that the character “endures, she loves, she overcomes” and that she represents every woman in the movie. Additionally, she paid tribute to her mother, who recently passed away at 101 years old, stating that she was the inspiration behind her work.
Carter also mentioned how working on “Black Panther” prepared her for this moment and dedicated her award to the late Chadwick Boseman, who starred in the movie and passed away in 2020. She requested him to take care of her mother.
Carter is a renowned costumer who has been nominated for Oscars for her work in movies such as Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” and Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad.” Only four other Black Oscar winners, including Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali, Willie D. Burton, and Russell Williams II, have received multiple competitive category awards.