Los Angeles Times
Ruth Carter makes history with second Oscar victory
WITH HER win Sunday for designing the costumes for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the legendary Ruth E. Carter becomes the first Black woman to win two Academy Awards. She also is the first person to win in the category for both an original film and its sequel.
“Wow, nice to see you again,” she began her acceptance speech. “Thank you to the academy for recognizing the superhero that is a Black woman. She endures, she loves, she overcomes. She is every woman in this film. She is my mother. This past week, Mabel Carter became an ancestor. This film prepared me for this moment. Chadwick, please take care of Mom.”
Carter took home her first statue in 2019, becoming the first Black person to win in the costume design category for “Black Panther.”
Earlier on the red carpet, Carter told The Times about her desire to take the "Black Panther" sequel's costume design and entire look of the film to another level. "Anytime you see a new sequel in superhero films, you see an upgrade in suits. So we upgraded Wakanda. We introduced nine superheroes in this film, we brought in a new culture, the Talokan. We went underwater. The film is very different, and bigger. It was intimidating to bring that into the second film, but we were able to take it one step at a time to do it."
Denzel Washington made history as the first Black person to win two Oscars, winning in 1990 for “Glory” and 2002 for “Training Day.” Mahershala Ali is the only other Black actor to take home two statuettes (for “Moonlight” in 2016 and “Green Book” two years later).
Backstage in the press room, Carter said of her mother, who recently died at age 101: “In her final years, I had the same relationship that I always had with her. I was the ride-or-die, I was her road dog, I was her sidekick.
“She always wanted me to follow my dream, even after I graduated college and ... didn’t quite know where I wanted to step next. So I know she’s proud of me. I know that she wanted this for me as much as I wanted it for myself.”
Carter has been nominated for four Oscars over the course of her decades-spanning career, including for “Malcolm X” (1992) and “Amistad” (1997).
The other nominees in the category were Catherine Martin (“Elvis”), Mary Zophres (“Babylon”), Jenny Beavan (“Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris”) and Shirley Kurata (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”).