2023 Oscars: “She Did a Good Job in Wakanda,” Ruth Carter Makes History As First Black Woman to Win 2 Oscars
- Four years after she became the first black person to win costume design for Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter made another history in the movie’s sequel
- At this year’s Oscar ceremony, Carter was recognised again for her achievement on the superhero Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
- Carter’s speech after her win gave the audience a lot of chills as she beckoned on the late movie star Chadwick Boseman to look after her mother, who died recently
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Ruth E. Carter, the costume designer best known for her creativity on the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther, has made history as the first black woman to win two Oscars awards.
Black Panther earned Carter her first Oscar in 2019, and she later made history by being the first black person to win two costume design awards with the Oscars.
In a crowded field that featured Shirley Kurata's costumes for the multiverse epic Everything, Everything, All At Once and Catherine Martin's costumes for Baz Luhrmann's biopic Elvis, she was honoured for her work on the superhero movie sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever at this year's award.
In her speech, she thanked director Ryan Coogler and asked late "Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman to look after her mother, who recently died.
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"Thank you to the Academy for recognizing the superhero that is a black woman," Carter began after her win on Saturday night.
"She endures, 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."
The history-maker encouraged other black women and young designers to keep up with their excellent work.
"I feel that this win opens the door for other young costume designers who may not think that this industry is for them. And hopefully, they’ll see me, and they’ll see my story, and they’ll think that they can win an Oscar too."
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Social media users react to Ruth Carter's win
"She deserves it. Congratulations."
"She did an amazing job with the costumes in Wakanda."
"If knowing your creative skills were a person."
"Oyinbo brought the oscars to una by including one celebrities at least from prominent African countries. Well, see as una dey happy."
Tems dragged for rocking cloud-like outfit
Singer Tems was among the top superstars who attended the 2023 Academy Awards, and she showed up in grand style.
The Wait For Me crooner rocked a cloud-like Lever Couture SS23 outfit to the event, which has since stirred mixed reactions online.
Netizens came after Tems for the outfit that seemingly blocked the view of top Hollywood stars seated behind her at the award show.