Ruth E. Carter became the first black woman to win two Oscars.
Carter, who in 2019 became the first black woman to win an Academy Award for costume design for her work on Marvel’s “Black Panther,” has been honored for the sequel, “Wakanda Forever.” In her speech, she thanked director Ryan Coogler and asked the late “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman to take care of her mother, who recently passed away at the age of 101.
“It’s nice to see you again,” Carter said, going up the stage. “Thank you to the Academy for recognizing the superheroine that is a black woman. She endures, she loves, she overcomes. She’s every woman in this movie. She’s my mom. Last week, Mabel Carter became a predecessor. This movie prepared me for this moment. Chadwick, please take care of my mom.” Ryan Coogler, Nate Moore, thank you both for your vision. Together, we’re reshaping how we represent culture. The Marvel family, Kevin Feige, Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito and their arsenal of genius, thank you. I share this with the many dedicated artists whose hands you helped And their hearts go out to showing Wakanda and Tolocan fashion. This is for my mom. She was 101.”
Carter is ahead of Catherine Martin, who won BAFTA and Costume Designers Guild awards for her work on Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis.” She also beat out Mary Zovers for “Babylon” and Jenny Beaven for “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” and Shirley Korata for “Everything and Everywhere at the Same Time,” which was the surprise winner of the Sci-Fi Fantasy Award at the CDGA.
Denzel Washington made history in 2002 when he won his second Oscar for “Training Day,” the first black person to do so. First won in 1990 for “Glory”. Mahershala Ali is the only other black actor to have received two Oscars, for 2016’s “Moonlight” and 2018’s “Green Book.” While newly minted Viola Davis has four Academy Award nominations, she has won only once, for 2016 movie “Fences”.
Carter has received a total of four career Academy Award nominations, including those for 1992’s “Malcolm X” and 1997’s “Amistad.” Her credits also include the film “Selma” and the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got to Do, for which Carter reinvented the most Tina Turner’s most famous looks from the ’70s and ’80s, including her iconic gold metallic dress and high-waisted mini skirts.
In designing the costumes for Wakanda, which Carter describes as one of the biggest challenges of her career, she had to factor in the physical immersion of her designs in water. “We put it under water, and everything lifted. I had to remake the things that were tested. I had to weigh them down, and sometimes they were very light, other times they were very heavy,” she said. diverse.
Carter, Spike Lee’s favorite costume designer, credits the director with being instrumental in changing the way you look at Hollywood: “You walk in Hollywood with your own voice. You walk out of there with your wallet,” he said. “We’ve been charged with that.”
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