Ruth E. Carter becomes the first Black woman to win Oscar for Best Costume Design
So far, the 91st Annual Academy Awards is certainly the opposite of its 2015 #OscarsSoWhite counterpart. Along with the likes of winners Regina King and Mahershala Ali, Black Panther’s Ruth E. Carter just took home an Oscar for Best Costume Design for the 2018 Marvel film.
Carter, who has been previously nominated for her design efforts in both Amistad and Malcolm X – kept the entire Wakandian crew clothed and tailored in the finest in Black Panther. Carter created Marvel magic by designing everything from actor Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa superhero suit to the women of Wakanda’s super “shero” suits.
The design veteran gave a heartfelt speech on her win:
“Marvel may have created the first black superhero, but through costume design, we turned him into an African king,” she started. “It’s been my life’s honor to create costumes. Thank you to the Academy, and thank you for honoring African royalty and the empowered way women can look and lead on screen.”
Carter also thanked director Spike Lee who is also nominated for three awards for his directorial efforts in 2018’s BlacKkKlansman. According to Carter, Lee gave her, her start as a stylist when she clothed the cast of Malcom X. She told Spike, “I hope this makes you proud.”
The award is also the first Oscar won by the Marvel studios. Epic!