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Ruth Carter's Acceptance Speech (Transcript) — Oscar for Best Costume Design 2019

Ruth Carter wins an Oscar for Best Costume Design at the 2019 Academy Awards

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Presenter: AND THE OSCAR GOES TO. OKAY. GET UP. GET UP. OKAY.

Presenter: Black Panther. Ruth Carter.

Voiceover: This is the first Oscar and third nomination for Ruth Carter. She was previously nominated in this category for Malcolm X and Amistad.

Ruth Carter (RC): Wow. Wow. I got it. Wow. This has been a long time coming. Spike Lee thank you for my star.

RC: I hope this makes you proud.

RC: Marvel may have created the first black superhero but through costume design we turned him into an African king. 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. Thank you to my crews around the world who helped bring Wakanda to life. Our genius director Ryan Coogler.

RC: You are a guiding force.

RC: Thank you for your trust and understanding my role in telling the African-American story adding vibranium to costumes is very expensive.

RC: So thank you Victoria Alonso, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Jeffrey Chernov, Bob Iger, and Nate Moore.

RC: My career is built with passion to tell stories that allow us to know ourselves better. This is for my 97 year old mother watching in Massachusetts.

RC: Mom, thank you for teaching me about people and their stories. You are the original superhero. Thank you.