Summary

  • Angela Bassett reflects on her Oscar snub at the 95th Academy Awards, recalling her gracious reaction after losing to Jamie Lee Curtis.
  • Bassett highlights the importance of handling disappointment with calmness and kindness, which she describes as an ideal example for her children.
  • Despite not winning Best Supporting Actress, Bassett’s nomination marked a historic moment for MCU actors at the Oscars, the Golden Globes, and multiple other awards.



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Angela Bassett, who plays Queen Ramonda in the MCU, reveals her opinion on her Black Panther: Wakanda Forever snub at the 95th Academy Awards in 2023. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever paid homage to Chadwick Boseman’s passing with a heartfelt story that follows T’Challa’s family defending their land and their people in his honor. In T’Challa’s absence, Letitia Wright’s Shuri and Angela Bassett’s Queen Ramonda shine as the main stars alongside other members of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s cast, including Danai Gurira’s Okoye and Winston Duke’s M’Baku.


Despite earning an Academy Award nomination for her standout performance, Angela Bassett didn’t take home the 2023 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, which instead went to Jamie Lee Curtis for her role as Deirdre Beaubeirdre in Everything Everywhere All At Once. In an interview with Oprah on her OWN Spotlight series (via Variety), Angela Bassett describes her feelings about her Oscar loss as a “supreme disappointment” and recalls her immediate reaction during the ceremony, saying:

“I was gobsmacked! I was. I thought I handled it very well. That was my intention, to handle it very well. It was, of course, a supreme disappointment, and disappointment is human. So I thought, yes, I was disappointed and I handled it like a human being.”


Bassett explains why she wasn’t more expressive when Jamie Lee Curtis was announced as the winner. As Oprah mentions, online discussion about the “Angela Bassett face” made it sound like Bassett had reacted more visibly emotional, but the actor instead remained serene as Curtis headed to the stage to receive her award. Bassett also highlights the importance of a calm reaction to disappointment as an example for her children. The actor continues:

“There are going to be these moments of disappointment that they’re going to experience, but how do you handle yourself in the midst of them? We’re going to smile, we’re going to be gracious, we’re going to be kind, we’re going to party anyway.”

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All Awards Angela Bassett Did Win For Black Panther: Wakanda Forever


Angela Bassett may not have won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, but her nomination marked an important first in the MCU’s 33-movie history, as it was the first Academy Award nomination for any performance in an MCU movie. Apart from the 95th Academy Awards, Angela Basset was nominated 22 times for her performance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. These ceremonies include the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Golden Globes, and the BET Awards.

Awards

Category

Nomination / Win

Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards

Best Supporting Actress

Nominated

St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards

Best Supporting Actress

Nominated

Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association

Best Supporting Actress

Nominated

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards

Best Supporting Actress

Nominated

San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle

Best Supporting Actress

Nominated

Golden Globe Awards

Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

Won

Georgia Film Critics Association

Best Supporting Actress

Nominated

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Best Supporting Actress

Won

Seattle Film Critics Society

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Nominated

Online Film Critics Society Awards

Best Supporting Actress

Nominated

AARP Movies for Grownups Awards

Best Supporting Actress

Nominated

Black Reel Awards

Outstanding Supporting Actress

Won

British Academy Film Awards

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Nominated

Dorian Awards

Supporting Film Performance of the Year

Nominated

Hollywood Critics Association Awards

Best Supporting Actress

Won

NAACP Image Awards

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Won

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominated

African-American Film Critics Association Awards

Best Supporting Actress

Won

Satellite Awards

Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

Nominated

Critics’ Choice Super Awards

Best Actress in a Superhero Movie

Won

BET Awards

Best Actress

Won

Saturn Awards

Best Supporting Actress in a Film

Nominated


Angela Bassett’s eight wins are also an MCU record. Bassett is the first actor to win a Golden Globe for an MCU performance, as well as the first actor to be nominated at the BAFTA Awards for her performance in an MCU movie. Previously, MCU actors were only nominated at a few award ceremonies such as the Saturn, the MTV Movie & TV, the People’s Choice, and the Kids’ Choice. Both Black Panther and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever have broken new ground in terms of awards nominations, not only in the Performance categories but also in Original Score and even Best Picture.

Chadwick Boseman was posthumously nominated for Best Actor at the 92nd Academy Awards, but lost to Anthony Hopkins, who earned the Oscar for his starring role in
The Father
.


Meanwhile, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever artist Ruth E. Carter won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. This is the only of five Academy Award nominations that led to a win for the movie, having also been nominated for Best Original Song, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Visual Effects as well. Ruth E. Carter previously worked with Angela Bassett on 1993’s What’s Love Got to Do with It, where Bassett’s role as Tina Turner earned the actor her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Source: Oprah Winfrey Network/Variety

Black Panther Wakanda Forever Poster depicting wakanda and Namor

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Director
Ryan Coogler

Release Date
November 11, 2022

Runtime
2h 41m

Budget
250 Million

Cast
Winston Duke , Dominique Thorne , Michaela Coel , Danai Gurira , Angela Bassett , Lupita Nyong’o , Letitia Wright , Martin Freeman

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