'Black Panther's' Ruth E. Carter to Receive Career Nod at Costume Designers Guild Awards

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Ruth E. Carter

She has been nominated for two Academy Awards and an Emmy for her past work.

The Costume Designers Guild Awards will honor Ruth E. Carter, designer for films such as Black Panther and Selma, with the Career Achievement Award at its 21st annual ceremony. The award recognizes leaders who have made a lasting impact on costume design.

The awards ceremony is set to take place Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and recognize excellence in film, television and shortform costume design. Previous recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Joanna Johnston, Jeffrey Kurland, Ellen Mirojnick, Julie Weiss, April Ferry, Eduardo Castro, Judianna Makovsky, Colleen Atwood, Sandy Powell, Ann Roth and more.

Carter has garnered two best costume design Oscar nominations, for Spike Lee’s Malcolm X and Steven Spielberg’s Amistad. Her film work also includes Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Ava DuVernay’s Selma. Carter has also been nominated for an Emmy for her work on the miniseries reboot Roots

Her recent work includes the Afrofuturistic costumes that characterized the fictional country of Wakanda in Ryan Coogler's blockbuster film Black Panther. Carter is currently designing for the Eddie Murphy starrer Dolemite Is My Name.

"The decades of iconic costumes and her stunning designs from this year’s Black Panther certainly speak for themselves," CDG president Salvador Perez said Tuesday in a statement. "As one of the most innovative and passionate leaders in her craft, the CDG board and its members can think of no more deserving recipient of the CDGA 2019 Career Achievement Award than Ruth E. Carter.”

The CDGA also announced that it will be adding an eighth competitive category — excellence in variety, reality-competition, live television — to this year’s awards lineup. In addition, feature-length films designed for television and streaming services will compete in the excellence in film categories.