Oscars 2019: Ruth E. Carter creates history as she becomes the first black woman to win Best Costume Design
Ruth is the woman behind the fictional nation of Wakanda in Ryan Coogler’s 'Black Panther', she was the woman behind the costume spectacle, among other things, that the film was.
It's been a great day for 'Black Panther' this year at the 91st Academy Awards. In one of the firsts ever, Ruth E. Carter became the first black person to win Oscar for best costume design. Black Panther's' Hannah Beachler and Ruth E. Carter's wins for production design and costume design, respectively, were the first non-acting wins for any black women since 1984. The emotional Carter, who accepted the award said, "Marvel may have created the first black superhero, but through costume design, we turned him into an African king,” Carter said in her acceptance speech. “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."
“It’s such an important film,” Carter had said earlier. “It made such a mark and I love the costumes myself. For the fans, I’m just so proud that it got recognized by the Academy as well. Sometimes, the fans will love something and the Academy won’t recognize it, so you think, was it big enough or was it great enough? But, it feels like a home run."
Carter beat out fellow nominees Mary Zophres for 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs', Sandy Powell for 'The Favourite' and 'Mary Poppins Returns', and Alexandra Byrne for 'Mary Queen of Scots'. Carter finally made it to a win after previously being nominated for 'Amistad' and 'Malcolm X'. The woman behind the entire fictional nation of Wakanda in Ryan Coogler’s 'Black Panther', she was the woman behind the costume spectacle, among other things, that the film was.
Carter had earlier mentioned how some 1500 costumers were crafted and sourced for the project. For a film that moves between a fictional African kingdom, South Korea and the United States, she had her staff go out to South Africa and Ghana, had outfits made in South Korea and Busan, and had embroidery done in Thailand. “We went around the world,” she says. “We really, actually bought from the source.”
Black Panther was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. The film also won for best production design and original score.
It's been a great day for 'Black Panther'!