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Meet the Oscar-nominated women who make Black Panther and Avengers look tough

Superhero blockbuster Black Panther has a lot to boast about. There are gratifying critics and fans, crossing the $ 1 billion mark at the cashier's office, becoming the first movie based on a comic book to a Oscar's best picture node and earned Hannah Beachler first Academy Award nomination for an African American in production design. It is also the first Marvel movie to get a Oscar nomination for costumes. Those who have seen the movie and its [Afro-uristic-infused getups] are unlikely to be surprised. Dora Milaje Special Forces stomp around in warrior boots and intricate detailed red and gold leather tunic with matching heels. Killmonger looks scary (and so buff) in camo pants topped by a fitted blue shirt and hard armor. And T & # 39; s large selection of costumes and clothing shirts can all be black, but everyone has wonderful clear blooms. Thank you costume designer Ruth E. Carter for making Lupita Nyong's, Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira look even more sexy than usual by dressing them in sleek formal wear for a night out on a casino in Busan. Carter has been nominated for Oscars twice before, for her work in Spike Lees Malcolm X (1 992) and Steven Spielbergs Amistad (1997). Before going to Wakanda, Carter often heard with Marvel colleague Judianna Makovsky and other designers who had worked with the studio. "They all told me," This is a little different to your regular superhero movie, "http://www.cnet.com/" Carter says over the phone from New…

Superhero blockbuster Black Panther has a lot to boast about. There are gratifying critics and fans, crossing the $ 1 billion mark at the cashier’s office, becoming the first movie based on a comic book to a Oscar’s best picture node and earned Hannah Beachler first Academy Award nomination for an African American in production design.

It is also the first Marvel movie to get a Oscar nomination for costumes.

Those who have seen the movie and its [Afro-uristic-infused getups] are unlikely to be surprised. Dora Milaje Special Forces stomp around in warrior boots and intricate detailed red and gold leather tunic with matching heels. Killmonger looks scary (and so buff) in camo pants topped by a fitted blue shirt and hard armor. And T & # 39; s large selection of costumes and clothing shirts can all be black, but everyone has wonderful clear blooms.

Thank you costume designer Ruth E. Carter for making Lupita Nyong’s, Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira look even more sexy than usual by dressing them in sleek formal wear for a night out on a casino in Busan. Carter has been nominated for Oscars twice before, for her work in Spike Lees Malcolm X (1

992) and Steven Spielbergs Amistad (1997).

Before going to Wakanda, Carter often heard with Marvel colleague Judianna Makovsky and other designers who had worked with the studio.

“They all told me,” This is a little different to your regular superhero movie, “http://www.cnet.com/” Carter says over the phone from New York. “I’m actually really glad I didn’t really know the language of the other superhero movies when working on Black Panther, so I could approach it from my own point of view and not be affected by what I thought it would look like.” 19659007] Women of the Marvel universe-queen-ramonda-costume design ” height=”0″ width=”970″/>

Angela Bassett Queen Ramonda, and her zulu-inspired Black Panther headdress.


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Black Panther may have given us Angela Bassett’s Queen Ramonda who rocked a zulu-inspired headgear that only she could do or a shirtless Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger in a long black hooded cardigan. But period pieces are the films that typically regulate costume design at Oscar, followed by fantasy films and adaptations of children‘s books. You have to go all the way back to 1990 (Dick Tracy) to find a nominated title based on a comic book.

“Those who receive the awards are usually the ones [where] you create everything, that the designer really designs, says three-year Oscar nominee and costume designer Makovsky by phone from LA.” Superhero films have not received much attention or love in that regard , and I think it’s ridiculous because that’s where costume design goes. It’s technical. It’s craftsmanship. It takes many craftsmen to do these, and I think [that’s] misunderstood. “

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Costume designer Judianna Makovsky on the set Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.


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Makovsky is familiar with the superhero films. She has worked near Marvel as a costume designer at Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War and the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.

When she started working at Marvel, Scarlett Johansson’s character Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, had high heels. “When I am finished, [female characters] is in combat clothing,” she says. Prior to being confident that Avenger’s footwear was suitable for saving the world, she designed junk for The Hunger Games and Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone, which got her an Oscar nomination.

Although Carter does not go home with a shining statue on February 24, the nomination further celebrates Lupita Nyong’s Nakia, which is featured in various shades of green through the film or Laetitia Wrights Shuri and her approach to an elegant but comfortable princess style. And the designer honored on February 19 with a career performance from his comrades at the Costume Designers Guild. The award recognizes leaders who have made a lasting impact on costume design.

But it has not been an easy journey.

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“I was very happy to enter this industry with Spike Lee and Keenen Ivory Wayans and Robert Townsend during the time black cinema came back,” Carter says. “Not everyone has that kind of opportunity, because you have to fight to be seen and heard as a designer if you are African American, if you are Asian-American, if you are Indian American. You” I am not 30 years old and I celebrate 40 today. But I have 40 movies behind me. “

Representation is important

The number tends to be bold when it comes to female representation behind the scenes in Hollywood. According to a study by the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, only 4 percent of The directors of the 1,200 top-gross produced films from 2007 to 2018 at home at home The same research shows that for the 265 top films from 2016 to 2018, women accounted for only 15.5 per cent of the editors, 3 per cent of the photography leaders and 2.3 per cent of the composers.

But the chance is that the costume designer for your favorites 2016-2018 films was a woman. Women led 84.4 percent of the costume design departments. The Costume Designers Guild has 1,050 members, of which about 80 percent are female.

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To illustrate what they would like to see ahead, both Makovsky and Carter point to a definition of inclusivity that extends beyond gender.

“Who knows what the opportunities are when inclusion creates another aspect of art,” Carter said. Indian-American, Asian-American, [the African-American] becomes the famous costume designer, and they make their makeup for the canvas. We will start to see something new and new, and it will be about it. “

Demystifying Hollywood Lifestyle

And although it seems like a life of pure glamor to be built with recognition, the Oscar goes to the red carpet, work with the hottest celebrities and become recognized by your peers, Carter and Makovsky are both quick to share how brutal Hollywood can be.

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“We work 16 hours days, seven days a week. Pre-production can be quite civilized, but when you shoot, you have no life,” says Makovsky with a laugh. Granted, you do it for a certain time, and you can have free time. But people still have to work and get their health insurance and make money. “

Carter is even more sincere when she reflects on the trade-offs she did for her passion. A widow, whom she more than once considered having children, for example, but never did.

” We have nothing normal life, “she says.” We give this life to the film’s narrative medium. We love it so much that we are willing to sacrifice. “

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