LOS ANGELES (AP) – Ruth E. Carter is a black woman who is ripping a path as a costume designer in a film industry with few people watching her. But through his upcoming career achievement award and Oscar nomination for his Afro-futuristic wardrobe in the “Black Panther” superhero, Carter believes she can “lower” more doors so that others like herself can walk through them.
If Carter Oscar meets the best clothes design this month, she is the first person in Africa to win the category. Despite “very intense competition,” Carter believes she has a good chance of opposing Mary Zophres, Alexandra Byrne and Academic Prize winner Sandy Powell, who is named “The Favorite” and “Mary Poppins Returns.”
“I am a contestant,” said Carter, who has already won “Black Panther's Choice Awards” the last month and was recently honored at New York Fashion Week.
“The designers are extremely talented designers, but I am glad that I am giving them away for their money,” she said. “That's how I feel. … I think I have power. I feel I am vivid. I feel from us. ”
Carter, 58, will also be honored for his distinguished career at the 21st annual Award of Clothing Designers Associations.
“She is one of my favorite people,” said Danai Gurira, who was “Black Panther” as Okoye, one of Wakanda's elite warrior kingdom. “I love her from the moment I met her. She is honored for what she has done and achieved in her wonderful work of beautiful integrity. ”
Over the past thirty years, Carter has been backward in some of Hollywood's biggest films. She won Oscar nominations for her work in “Malcolm X” Spike Lee and “Amistad,” Steven Spielberg and received praise for her period ensembles in other projects such as Lee Daniels ““ The Butler ”,“ Selma ”Ava DuVernay and resume” ROOTS. ”She created costumes for Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy and even Jerry Seinfeld from the“ Seinfeld ”pilot.
Carter asked the guild to give her incredible honor to herself and others who wished to follow her path.
“This award means so much to me,” she said. “I believe that I will stand on this stage and I will look at the audience of women and young men with careers in clothes design who helped me to nurture them. Because of that achievement, it means everything. ”
Carter played an important role as the principal designer of clothing and Ryan Coogler's “Black Panther” as a cultural phenomenon. She said she wanted to put the pride of the diaspora in Africa into the character's stylish and colorful garment to help Wakanda bring her to life.
Angela Bassett said that Carter had hit the mark as usual.
“She gives you a wardrobe that helps to improve your character,” said Bassett, who sang Chadwick Boseman's heroic character mother, her Black Panther. She said she worked with Carter on other films, calling her “just hot, open, wonderful and keeps fighting until she gets the right to the end.” T
Carter drew inspiration for the “Black Panther” outfit after traveling to Africa, speaking to the continental people to understand the history of each artefact to ensure that the different characteristics were appropriately reflected in the film. She was assisted by a team of shoppers, decorators and researchers, as well as Marvel as the supervisor.
All preparation and hard work was paid for. The costumes are so popular that different theaters and parties have different costumes of Black Panther themes – both young and old. Some people are dealing with dressing in Wakanda couture even for an Oscar brunch.
“I am very proud to give these children a new superhero,” she said. “I met young women who took their costumes with their father and went into detail about how each was done. I just felt like paradigm was changed. … We just wanted to do something positive that had an impact and meaning for people. You never know how you will be found or looked at, but we felt that it reached everyone, not just African Americans. ”
Carter received her first debut in 1988 on the director's second 'Daze School, Lee'. Since then they worked together on more than 10 films including “Do the Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever.” She also worked with Robert Townsend on “The Five Heartbeats”. and Keenen Ivory Wayans's “Gonna Git You Sucka”. ”
The early 90s were a great time for Carter to enter the film industry. She was lucky enough because she was suitable for filmmakers Lee, Townsend and Wayans who were looking for a "new direction for art."
“They wanted someone who was just starting out with fresh intent and maybe giving new ideas to the industry,” she said. “I was that person. I bounce back and forth between New York and L.A. for 10 years. Not usual. ”
Carter said that his career had reached a new heights after the Oscar-nominated “Malcolm X,” with Denzel Washington. This film put her into “Hollywood makeup,” which gave her more opportunities to work with other directors with different points of view and scripts.
Carter said that she had taken information without doubt over the years, and that she did not agree to share it.
“I am pleased to be there as the person who knocked down the doors,” said the designer, who is currently working on “Dolemite Is My Name,” by Eddie Murphy. “As a black woman, I am a pioneer. Since I have a path, I need some people. And that's fine. ”
AP Alicia Rancilio and Mike Cidoni Entertainment Writers added Lennox to this report.
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