Angela Bassett Makes Oscar History

Angela Bassett hopes to secure another crown. The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star gets an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Queen Ramonda

Bassett’s nomination marks several historic firsts. She’s the first person of color, the first woman and the first actor to be nominated at the Academy Awards for a performance in a Marvel movie. 

After being nominated, Bassett hit InstaGram to share what it meant for her to play the role of Queen Ramonda in the Black Panther sequel, “What has drawn me to each of the women I’ve portrayed throughout my career is their strength, compassion, resilience, and power.”

This is the powerful performer’s second nod by the Academy. She was nominated, almost 30 years ago, for Best Actress for her portrayal of Tina Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It

Bassett is joined in the Best Supporting Actress category by fellow nominees Hong Chau (The Whale), Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin) and Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All at Once).

Catch the 95th annual Academy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel live on ABC Sunday, March 12.

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