Bassett's role in 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' got nominated. "It's been 29 years, she's overdue and I think everybody recognizes that," said her husband.
Angela Bassett's first-ever Oscar nomination came in 1994 for her performance in What's Love Got to Do with It where she played the iconic singer Tina Turner. More recently, the 64-year-old was nominated for her role as Queen Ramonda in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. At the 2023 Oscars Angela Bassett couldn't help hide her feelings about losing the award for Best Supporting Actress to Jamie Lee Curtis and her reaction has since gone viral.
Curtis won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress beating Bassett, Hong Chau (The Whale), Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin) and her Everything Everywhere All at Once costar Stephanie Hsu. As for Bassett, according to Buzzfeed News, she was the very first actor from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to not only receive a Golden Globe acting nomination for a Marvel film but also the first to win! The actress won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture. She also holds the title of the first person to be nominated for an Oscar for their performance in a Marvel film but unfortunately, she did not win and it looks like she was pretty upset about the loss. When Curtis won, Bassett remained seated and didn’t immediately cheer.
Her reaction left the Internet divided. Some said she responded in bad taste and seemed unprofessional while others disagreed. @reshingbull tweeted: "Just because she’s an actor doesn’t mean she always has to act. We can be disappointed for Angela Bassett & happy for JLC, those 2 things can exist. But, Angela Bassett gets to feel the way she feels. This system is broken. Her reaction is about that." @SholaMos1 said: "Angela Bassett should’ve won #Oscars I’m glad she didn’t fake a reaction to entertain idiots telling us how a Black woman should handle Hollywood once again throwing awards at White women. I like Jamie Lee Curtis but she didn’t outperform Angela Basset or Stephanie Hsu." Interestingly many people noted that Kerry Condon had a similar reaction to Bassett, but didn't get the same kind of scrutiny. @PaulyBlackk asked: "Why didn’t you mention anything about Kerry Condon? She looked surprised that Jamie Lee Curtis won. Why isn’t she being called a sore loser?"
Bassett arrived at the ceremony with her family, all of whom, believed she deserved to win the golden statuette. Those who came to support her included son Slater Josiah, 17, and husband Courtney B. Vance, 63, as well as her 17-year-old daughter Bronwyn Golden. Before the announcement of the winners her husband of 25 years told PEOPLE, "It's time, and I can't wait for the moment when they call the first syllable of the name because that's all any of us ever listened for," he said. The People v. O.J. Simpson star continued, "If you've been to these events, you know that the only thing you listen for is [making A phonetic sounds], or if it's me [making K phonetic sounds]. If they don't do [making A phonetic sounds], I'm out. You know. So I'm excited. It's been 29 years, she's overdue and I think everybody recognizes that. So I'm excited."
Apparently, others were also rooting for Bassett's win, besides her husband, one of them being The Matrix star and Bassett's costar in What's Love Got to Do with It, Laurence Fishburne. We hope the actress gets her "overdue" recognition soon.