Ruth E. Carter Makes History as First Black Woman to Win Best Costume Design at Oscars 2019

Posted: February 27, 2019

By Jen Juneau

"Ruth E. Carter just made history at the 2019 Oscars.

While attending the ceremony on Sunday evening in Los Angeles wearing a stunning blue-and-gold gown, Carter took home her first-ever Academy Award for Best Costume Design — making her the first black woman to ever do so, for her efforts in Black Panther.

“Wow. I got it. This has been a long time coming. Spike Lee, thank you for my start. I hope this makes you proud,” she said as she accepted the honor, referring to her work on her first feature film, School Daze, over 30 years ago.

“Marvel may have created the first black superhero, but through costume design, we turned him into an African king,” continued Carter, 58. “It’s been my life’s honor to create costumes. Thank you to the Academy, thank you for honoring African royalty and the empowered way women can look and lead on screen.”

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