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Hampton University grad Ruth Carter wins at the Oscars

The Hampton U alum made history Sunday night, becoming the first African-American to win Best Costume Design for "Black Panther."

LOS ANGELES — Ruth E. Carter has won the Academy Award for costume design and made Oscar history.

The Hampton University graduate is the first African-American costume designer to win the category, winning the award for her work on "Black Panther."

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Carter has previously been nominated for her work on "Amistad" and "Malcolm X."

She took the stage saying "Wow, wow, I got it." She said the award has been a long time coming.

Carter thanked Spike Lee, who provided her career start with his 1988 film "School Daze."

Carter graduated from Hampton University in 1982, where she majored in Theatre Arts.

“We at Hampton University congratulate Ruth E. Carter for her historic Academy Award nomination,” Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey said when Carter was nominated. “We are overjoyed to watch this amazing and talented Hampton University alum gain so much success in her career. What a great moment for Hampton University, to see one of our very own achieve such an accomplishment. It was wonderful to welcome Ruth home as our 2018 commencement speaker. Ms. Carter is a true role model to our students. We wish her the best of luck.”

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