The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and I was THRILLED to see that Ruth E. Carter was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Costume Design category. (She just won a Critic’s Choice Award in the same category last week). For a year now, I have been saying that if Ruth Carter doesn’t win something for her work on Black Panther that I would stage a protest. Carter’s tenure in Hollywood spans over 30 years. She worked on everything from Spike Lee’s Malcolm X (1992) to Steven Spielberg’s Amistad(1997), Serenity (2005), and Ava Duvernay’s Selma (2015). So I was thrilled when I got a chance to talk to Carter about her work on the purple carpet as well as after the premiere. Read on to see what Carter had to say about the research that went into making Black Panther look as authentically African as possible.