Angela Bassett becomes the first Marvel star to be nominated for an Oscar

Latest news, international – Angela Bassett made history on Tuesday (1/24/23) as the first Marvel Cinematic Universe star to be nominated for an Oscar for her role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as Queen Ramonda.

After being nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Bassett paid tribute to the character she portrayed.

“Queen Ramonda of Wakanda Forever is a character that touches my soul because she is a mother and a leader who must care for her grieving nation as much as she cares for her grieving family,” Bassett said in a statement. Reuters.

Bassett became the favorite to win at the March 12 Academy Awards, after winning Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice awards for the role.

The film received four other nominations, including for visual effects and costume design.

Bassett was previously nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role as Tina Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It.

Disney’s “Black Panther” sequel sold approximately $330 million in tickets and set a November record in the United States and Canada.

In the sequel King T’Challa’s character dies in the opening, script changes were made after actor Chadwick Boseman died of cancer in 2020 just before filming began. Marvel decided not to recast T’Challa.

Instead, writer and director Ryan Coogler created a script that focused on female characters.

“Ramonda is a love letter that reflects and acknowledges what we women do every day,” Bassett said.

His nomination challenges the long-held belief of many big names in Hollywood, including directors Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, that Marvel movies aren’t real movies.

“To me, they’re closer to theme parks than movies because I’ve known and loved them all my life, and at the end of the day, I don’t think they’re movies,” Scorsese wrote in the New York Times in 2019. , causing a backlash.

Despite these criticisms, Black Panther won the first three Oscars after earning seven Oscar nominations in 2019, including the first Best Picture nomination for a superhero film.

Bassett joins the category along with fellow nominees Hong Chau from The Whale, Kerry Condon from “The Banshees of Inisherin”, and Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu from Everything Everywhere All at Once.

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