Marvel Studios has landed its first-ever Oscar nomination for an actor with Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverAngela Bassett nominated for Best Supporting Actress. This is a big deal for the Marvel movie and shows how much has changed in The Academy’s eyes that an actor’s performance in a comic book movie is worthy of being nominated. Bassett played Queen Ramondain Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the mother figure to T’Challa (the late Chadwick Boseman) and Shuri (Letitia Wright). She gave an exciting performance given the circumstances in which production had to continue after the untimely death of Chadwick Boseman.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever a total of five nominations at the 95th Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Song, Best Costume Design, Makeup and Hair Styling, and Best Visual Effects. Angela Bassett previously had a Best Actress nomination for her role as Tina Turner in 1993 What Does Love Have To Do With It.
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Angela Bassett’s Awards and Nominations for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
In addition to her Oscar nomination, Angela Bassett also won the Best Supporting Actress award at the Golden Globes, was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress, and was also nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for her directorial debut of the biopic about Whitney Houston. Whitney and directed episodes in the popular horror anthology series American horror story.
The purpose of the Distinguished Artisan Award is to celebrate the prolific spectrum of Bassett’s multifaceted career on screen and television, celebrating talent who have created memorable characters throughout their careers, richly enhanced through the consistent collaboration of makeup and hair styling arts. Previous winners include Jon Favreau, Eddie Murphy, Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Ryan Murphy, Dick Smith, Guillermo del Toro, Sir Patrick Stewart, Melissa McCarthy and Gary Oldman.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Plot
In Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverthe leaders of the kingdom of Wakanda fight to protect their nation from invading forces in the wake of King T’Challa’s death, and a new threat emerges from the hidden undersea nation of Talokan.
The film sees the return of Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Ramonda and Martin Freeman as Everett Ross. New cast members include Tenoch Huerta as Namor, Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams / Ironheart, Michaela Coel as Aneka, Mabel Cadena as Namora, and Alex Livinalli as Attuma.
“I objected,” Bassett previously said of her Wakanda forever storyline. “Yeah, I was like ‘Ryan [Coogler], what are you doing? Why? You will regret the day! You will regret its demise [Ramonda]. People will be so upset.’ … He was like, ‘Angela, I know, I know, but see, dying isn’t really dying in this world. That doesn’t really mean that.'” Bassett said she felt better about the decision after reflecting on how all the characters who “poofed” in Avengers: Endgame. The star has come to terms with the fact that she could always come back “All sorts of crazy things happen,” Bassett explained.
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