Now, this is how you kick off the week!
Ruth Carter has made movie history by becoming the first Black woman to take home two Academy Awards.
In 2019, Carter became the first Black woman to win the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for her work in the first “Black Panther” movie.
So, it was innovative thinking by “Wakanda Forever” director Ryan Coogler and Marvel to bring Carter back to work on the sequel.
The costume designer’s work gave “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” some of the best and most iconic costumes we’ve seen.
Ruth Carter Deserves Her Oscars
When accepting her award, Carter thanked Ryan Coogler and asked the late, great Chadwick Boseman to look after her recently passed mom.
Thank you to the Academy for recognizing the superhero that is a Black woman. She endure, 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. Ryan Coogler, Nate Moore, thank you both for your vision. Together, we are reshaping how culture is represented.
According to Variety, Carter beat out nominees from:
- Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
- Everything Everywhere All At Once (which took home seven Academy Awards)
Carter joins an exclusive list of Blacks in the movie industry with multiple Academy Awards (though the others are men).
The others include:
- Denzel Washington (for “Glory” and “Training Day”)
- Mahershala Ali (for “Moonlight” and “Green Book”)
- Russell Williams II (for “Glory” and “Dances with Wolves”)
While Viola Davis has four Academy Award nominations, she’s only won once for “Fences.”
Carter also has four nominations: the other movies are “Amistad” and “Malcolm X.”
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— Letterboxd (@letterboxd) March 13, 2023
Ruth E. Carter makes history once again! With her second win for Best Costume Design tonight, she is now the first Black woman to win multiple Oscars in any category. @theblackpanther #Oscars #Oscars95 pic.twitter.com/AmcrQKJNyZ
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 13, 2023
“Thank you to The Academy for recognizing the superhero that is a Black woman.”
— ABC News (@ABC) March 13, 2023
#WakandaForever costume designer Ruth Carter shows off her 3D-printed earrings at the #Oscars: “They’re just like Angela Bassett’s crown in the film.” https://t.co/vBDJNHijqQ pic.twitter.com/8klp34IWfR
— Variety (@Variety) March 12, 2023
We all knew Ruth Carter had this one in the bag tbh. pic.twitter.com/l3sm7yLotS
— T’Challa Fan (@2TChalla2Stan) March 13, 2023