Following her widely praised acting performance in last year’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever film, many Marvel and movie fans predicted that Academy Award-winning actress, Angela Basset, was poised to take home her first Oscar during the 2023 Oscars on Sunday, March 12th at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
However, the Waiting to Exhale actress returned home empty-handed, shocking viewers at home.
Bassett’s compelling performance as “Queen Ramonda” in 2022’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” had made her a contender for the year’s Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. She had already swept the season’s Golden Globes, NAACP Image Awards, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and others.
Nevertheless, Basset’s run for the award came to an end after Jamie Lee Curtis took home the prized award, beating out fellow contenders, Hong Chau, Kerry Condon, Stephanie Hsu, and Angela Basset. Meanwhile, the 64-year-old made history for her nomination which serves as a first for a Marvel role.
#AngelaBassett reacts to #JamieLeeCurtis’ 2023 #Oscars winhttps://t.co/6DyzTuQuAH pic.twitter.com/dsOvCqgg2z
— New York Post (@nypost) March 13, 2023
Fans took to social media to express their outrage, seeing as Basset would have joined the exclusive group of Black actresses who have previously won the award, including Hattie McDaniel, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, Mo’Nique, Octavia Spencer, Lupita Nyong’o, Viola Davis, Regina King, and Ariana DeBose.
See below for fan reactions on Twitter following the announcement.
you’re telling me that corny ass Performance from Jaime lee curtis was better than this piece of Art Angela Bassett delivered?pic.twitter.com/lgykpGMKg7
— ST☆R BOY (@Dr7gns) March 13, 2023
SHE WILL ALWAYS BE AN ACADEMY-AWARD WINNING IN MY EYES IDC! LEGENDARY ANGELA BASSETT, THEY PLAYING IN MY AUNTIE’S FACE TOO MUCH! pic.twitter.com/SNehSQdM8v
— khalia. | brendan & michelle oscar winners🪞 (@VERONASFILMS) March 13, 2023
everyone who voted for jamie lee curtis over angela bassett and stephanie hsu needs to sleep with one eye open pic.twitter.com/8eOdYEKhRO
— wiLL (@willfulchaos) March 13, 2023
Angela Bassett… you are EVERYTHING to us. Period 💜 pic.twitter.com/31F4k4eTJQ
— jonathan majors mug ☕️ (@glynderella_) March 13, 2023
Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors give a shoutout to Angela Bassett: "Hey Auntie, we love you." #Oscars pic.twitter.com/xIQlVq8AOZ
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 13, 2023
Of course the #Oscars reward white mediocrity because in what world did Jamie Lee Curtis give a better performance in comparison to Stephanie Hsu or Angela Bassett? pic.twitter.com/lvraxiXqAc
— ً (@meradceu) March 13, 2023
angela bassett deserves that #oscar pic.twitter.com/BtItKE3ay2
— kang’s whore (@HailEternal) March 13, 2023
JAMIE LEE CURTIS OVER ANGELA BASSETT AND STEPHANIE HSU… NOW BE SERIOUS ACADEMY #Oscars pic.twitter.com/Ma7wLf2Ui4
— 𝗮 (@selarination) March 13, 2023
Angela Bassett’s reaction to Jamie Lee Curtis’ name being called…you can tell how much that Oscar would have meant to her. she is, was, and always will be incredible. I better see her on that stage SOON pic.twitter.com/oHDfuDUksG
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) March 13, 2023
THE ACADEMY AWARDS PLAYED IN HER FACE.
ANGELA BASSETT DESERVED BETTER. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/McMJQQaFuL
— raveen marie 🏾 (@xoraveen) March 13, 2023
MY academy award winner, angela bassett! pic.twitter.com/M4ecvxxOUj
— agapé is an overwhelmed student (@agapethamar) March 13, 2023
Jaime Lee Curtis????? Over Angela Bassett and Stephanie Hsu??? #Oscars pic.twitter.com/yp7odMPJ77
— wine mom yor forger🍷 (@autumnvelvets) March 13, 2023
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