Angela Bassett Wins Honorary Oscar
Angela Bassett has finally received an Oscar. On Wednesday (Jan. 10), Bassett received an honorary Oscar for her work in Hollywood spanning three decades. The actress was previously nominated for an Academy Award in 1994 for Best Actress for her portrayal of the late Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It. She was most recently nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever for her role as Queen Ramonda. Bassett was the first person to earn an Oscar acting nomination for a Marvel film.
Before Bassett took the stage, fellow actress Regina King shared some nice words about Bassett calling her a “national treasure.”
“Angela has lived a career for the ages, and I swear she is ageless,” King said of Bassett.
“So many times I’ve heard people say that Angela is the very embodiment of Black excellence, but let me correct that,” King added. “She has a perspective and a voice and a beauty that is proudly Black, but what she embodies at her core is beyond anything that is skin-deep. She is artistic excellence embodied in human form.”
Angela Basset Makes Captivating Acceptance Speech
Bassett then took the stage and gave a riveting acceptance speech as she thanked those before her such as the late Cicely Tyson who was the first Black actress to win an honorary Oscar in 2020. Bassett called the other Black actresses “makers of history in our industry” and “beacons of possibility and hope for little Black and brown girls who aspire to one day pursue the dream of becoming an actor.”
“But this honor isn’t just for or about me,” she continued. “What I hope this moment means is that we are taking the necessary steps toward a future in which it is the norm, not the exception, to see and embrace one another’s full humanity, stories and perspectives. This must be our goal, and to always remember that there is room for us all. When we stand together, we win together.”
Take a look at her full speech below: