30 years after landing her first Academy Award nomination for bringing the life story of Rock Queen Tina Turner to the big screen in ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It?,’ legendary film and television actress Angela Bassett was expected to finally capture her first OSCAR at the event’s 95th annual ceremony Sunday (March 12).
Much to the surprise of viewers at home, she went home empty-handed.
Bassett had long been considered a frontrunner for the year’s Best Supporting Actress Academy Award given her victory laps at the season’s Golden Globes, NAACP Image Awards, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and others thanks to her captivating performance as “Queen Ramonda” in 2022’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.’
However, her lap ended at Sunday night when she and fellow nominees Hong Chau, Kerry Condon, and Stephanie Hsu were defeated by Jamie Lee Curtis for the golden statuette. The upset was particularly bittersweet as last year’s winner, Ariana DeBose, presented the award – leaving most to expect the 64-year-old would win given the popularization of the phrase “Angela Bassett did the thing.”
Despite the loss, Angela still remains in Academy Award history books for being the first performer nominated for a Marvel role.
She was set to join an exclusive club of Black Best Supporting Actress winners that includes Hattie McDaniel (1940), Whoopi Goldberg (1991), Jennifer Hudson (2007), Mo’Nique (2010), Octavia Spencer (2012), Lupita Nyong’o (2014), Viola Davis (2017), Regina King (2019), and Ariana DeBose (2022).
Alas, she will have to wait another year.
Look below to see outraged Bassett fans.
Angela Bassett losing to Jamie Lee Curtis is all you need to know why NOBODY actually watches the #Oscars anymore #WakandaForever #BlackPanther #marvelwomen #AngelaBassett pic.twitter.com/XgJCZvjTd4
— The Marvel(s)lus Tweets (@NYC_Hawkeye) March 13, 2023
See the full list of 2023 Academy Award winners here.
CONGRATS ANGELA! Long overdue! Accept all of your flowers auntie!!!!
Can u NOT READ?
Are you stupid or….???
Get back on the yellow school bus. #slow
SMH, This reminds me of when 🐝 was snubbed last year for BE ALIVE and the 🐝 was also snubbed for her roll in OBSESSED… Didn’t even get nominated for that iconic performance.
🐝 reminded me of Angela basset IN WAITING TO EXHALE in That OBSESSED movie, 🐝 also reminded me of Vivica Fox in kill bill.
Straight b******* the Oscars are racist, they always have been. I love jlc…but this win was Angela’s they f***** her over 30 years ago and f***** her in her ass again 30 years later!! Trick or treat b******…nutbush city limits w****!!!🤬🤬🤬