Ruth E. Carter has made history once again, becoming the first Black woman to win two Oscars for costume design. She received her second award for her work on “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the sequel to the highly acclaimed 2018 film “Black Panther”.

Carter first made history in 2019 when she became the first Black woman to win an Oscar for costume design for her work on the original “Black Panther” film. In her acceptance speech, she expressed her gratitude to the Academy for recognizing the importance of a Black superhero and the strong Black women in the film.

Wearing a stunning goldenrod gown, which she explained was an homage to the Black women she had dressed in her work, Carter emotionally dedicated her win to her late mother, who had passed away just a few days prior at the age of 101. She thanked her mother for being her inspiration and expressed that the film had prepared her for this moment.

Carter also took a moment to remember the late “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, who passed away in 2020. She asked him to “please take care of mom”.

With her second Oscar win, Carter now joins the ranks of only four other Black Oscar winners who have earned multiple awards in competitive categories. These include actors Denzel Washington and Mahershala Ali, and sound mixers Willie D. Burton and Russell Williams II. Also read:

Throughout her career, Carter has received numerous nominations for her work in film, including for Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” and Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad”. With this latest win, she continues to blaze a trail for Black women in the film industry and serves as a beacon of inspiration for future generations of costume designers.


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