Oscars: Women, People of Color Triumph on Night of Firsts (and Seconds)

Oscar Sunday marked a night of important firsts — and seconds — for diverse artists and filmmakers and their Hollywood contributions.The 2019 telecast started making history almost immediately.

After Regina King accepted best supporting actress for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Ruth E.

Carter became the first African American woman to ever win best costume design, for her work on Marvel’s “Black Panther.”“I dreamed of this night and I prayed for this night honestly…what it would mean not just for me but for young people coming behind me,” Carter told press backstage at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater.

A nod to a new generation of costumers could have been expected, as the first person Carter thanked in her acceptance speech was Spike Lee.

The director gave her her start, she said, himself a multiple nominee on Sunday for “BlacKkKlansman.”“I hope through my example this means there is hope.


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