Ruth E. Carter made history: The costume designer behind the “Black Panther” films became the first black woman to win two Oscars.
Carter took home Best Costume Design for the Marvel sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Carter also won an Oscar in 2018 for Black Panther, making her the first African-American woman to win in the category.
In her acceptance speech, Carter thanked the film’s director Ryan Coogler and asked if “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman could care for her mother, Mabel Carter, who she said died “this past week.” Boseman died in 2020 of cancer at the age of 43.
“This is for my mother. She was 101 years old,” Carter said while accepting the Oscar. She said, “This film prepared me for this moment. “Chadwick, please take care of mom,” she said.
Black Panther: Wakanda has forever struggled with the grief of losing Boseman, its superhero.