The first Black woman to win two Oscars is Ruth E. Carter. Carter won the award for the sequel to Marvel’s “Black Panther,” “Wakanda Forever,” making history by becoming the first Black person to do so in 2019.
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She thanked the film’s director Ryan Coogler and requested that late “Black Panther” actor Chadwick Boseman take care of her own mother, who recently passed away at 101, in a speech. Carter said as she took the stage:
“Nice to see you again, 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. The Marvel family, Kevin Feige, Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito and their arsenal of genius, thank you”.
“I share this with many dedicated artists whose hands and hearts helped manifest the costumes of Wakanda and Talokan. This is for my mother. She was 101.”
Carter defeated Catherine Martin, whose work on Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” earned her the BAFTA and Costume Designers Guild prizes.
She also defeated Shirley Kurata for “Everything Everywhere All at Once” which was the unexpected winner of the Sci-Fi Fantasy prize at the CDGA, as well as Mary Zophres for “Babylon” Jenny Beaven for “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” and Mary Zophres for “Babylon”.
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How many Oscars did Carter win in her Career?
Carter has had four Oscar nominations in total, including ones for the films “Malcolm X” from 1992 and “Amistad” from 1997.
Carter replicated Tina Turner’s most recognizable ensembles from the 1970s and 1980s for the film “What’s Love Got to Do With It” featuring the well-known gold metallic fringe dress and high-waisted miniskirts. Her credits also include “Selma” and the Tina Turner biography.
Carter cited creating the costumes for Wakanda as one of the hardest challenges of her career because she had to take into consideration the actual immersion of her creations in water. We submerged it and everything just rose.
Everything that had been tested had to be redone. She said:
“I had to weigh them down because sometimes they were too light and other times they were too heavy”.
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