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Ruth E. Carter is the first Black woman to win two Oscars; ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ wins big

by The Grio

Once again, Ruth E. Carter made history at Sunday night’s Academy Awards. After winning Best Costume Design, she became the first Black woman to win two Oscars in the Academy’s history, while “Everything Everywhere All at Once” led all films with seven wins. 

Carter won her Oscar for her work on “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” having won her first Academy Award in 2019 for Best Costume Design for the first “Black Panther” film. “Nice to see you again,” said Carter as she took the stage for her acceptance speech. 

“Thank you to the Academy for recognizing the superhero that is a Black woman,” Carter said. “She endures, she loves, she overcomes, she is every woman in this film.” She went on to dedicate the win to her mother, who died earlier this week at age 101. 

“This past week, Mable Carter became an ancestor. This film prepared me for this moment. Chadwick, please take care of Mom.”

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” was the big winner of the evening, winning seven Academy Awards out of 11 nominations, the most of 2023. Michelle Yeoh was among the winners, earning Best Actress in a Leading Role, a first for an Asian actress. 

The musical performances were among the biggest highlights of Sunday night’s ceremony. 

Rihanna gave an extravagant performance of “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Background singers, a string section, harpists, and timpanis accompanied the superstar while performing on a set resembling the Wakanda border tribe village. Rihanna received a standing ovation for her first Oscar performance. 

Lenny Kravitz sang during the “In Memoriam” performance, honoring the departed artists of the previous year. Kravitz sang “Calling All Angels” from his 2004 album, “Baptism,” with longtime collaborator Craig Ross accompanying him on bass while Kravitz played piano. Irene Cara, Nichelle Nichols,…

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