Ruth Carter Just Won Her First Oscar For ‘Black Panther’ Costume Design

Ruth Carter
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Congratulations to costume designer Ruth Carter for taking home her first-ever Oscar for her work on Marvel’s record-breaking film Black Panther!

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A year after its release, unlike anything we’ve ever seen in commercial films, Black Panther has stayed imprinted in our minds and hearts as a visual utopia of Black excellence. From the lush, tech-filled superior world of Wakanda to the glorious palette of color and Afrofuturistic fashions that had even the most non-comic geek ready to cosplay.

Ruth has been in the fashion game for the past three decades — working on nearly all of Spike Lee‘s films. She has also worked her costume magic on such iconic films as Amistad, Selma, and Love & Basketball. 

Black Panther
Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), left, and Shuri (Letitia Wright) in Black Panther
Photo Credit: Marvel 2018

“This has been a long time coming. Spike Lee, thank you for my start. I hope this makes you proud, said Ruth during her acceptance speech Sunday (Feb. 24) night. “Marvel may have made the first Black superhero, but through costume design, we made him an African king.”

The Oscars continued to be a night of firsts with Hannah Beachler also taking home the award for Best Production Design. She was the first Black woman to even be nominated in the category. “I stand here with agency and self-worth because of Ryan Coogler,” said Hannah while accepting her award. “I stand here because this man offered me a different perspective of life.”

Hannah Beachler
Photo Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Together, they not only gave us a view of ultra-femme, ultra badass Black women, they also helped to revision the lens on our motherland, creating a world we all needed to collectively see and believe in — especially in a society that continues to tell us we don’t matter.


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