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11th Jan 2023

Angela Bassett makes history as first actor to win major award for a Marvel movie

Steve Hopkins

“All hail the Queen.”

Angela Bassett has made history by winning the first major acting award ever for a Marvel Studios movie.

The 64-year-old scooped the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture prize at the Golden Globes for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in which she played Queen Ramonda.

It is her second Golden Globe win after previously being honoured for her portrayal of Tina Turner in the 1993 film What’s Love Got to Do With It.

Bassett beat out Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin), Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All At Once), Dolly De Leon (Triangle of Sadness) and Carey Mulligan (She Said).

In her rousing acceptance speech at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, the actress honoured the late Chadwick Boseman and thanked Marvel fans.

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“In January 22, 1994, I stood on this stage and accepted the Golden Globe for What’s Love Got To Do With It,” she said.

“The late Toni Morrison said that your life is already a miracle of chance just waiting for you to order its destiny.

“But in order for that destiny to manifest, I think that it requires courage, to have faith. It requires patience, as we just heard, and it requires a true sense of yourself.

“It’s not easy because the path is circuitous and it has many unexpected detours but by the grace of god I stand here.

“I stand here grateful, grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press for giving me this honor, along with Wakanda Forever.”

Bassett also paid tribute to her family, husband Courtney B. Vance, daughter Bronwyn and son Slater, stating, “I love you from the depths of my heart.

“My mother always said that good things come to those who pray. I see the truth of that every day as we welcome each new day as a family.”

The actress also thanked her “Marvel Disney family,” adding: “Weeping may come in the evening. But joy comes in the morning.

“We embarked on this journey together with love. We mourned, we loved, we healed,” she said, before honouring the late Chadwick Boseman.

“And we were surrounded each and every day by the light and the spirit of Chadwick Boseman and we have joy in knowing that, well, with this historic Black Panther series, it is a part of his legacy that he helped to lead us to,” she added.

“We showed the world what black unity, leadership and love looks like beyond, behind and in front of the camera.”

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Bassett ended her speech by thanking Marvel fans, saying: “Thank you for embracing these characters and showing us so much love.

“We just made history with this nomination and with this award, it belongs to all of you, all of us thank you.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has taken in $831.5 million worldwide since debuting in theaters in mid-November.

In the movie, Bassett’s character, Queen Ramonda, is joined by her daughter Shuri (Letitia Wright) and the leader of the Dora Milaje, Okoye (Danai Gurira), to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

You can read about some of the award ceremony’s other notable moments right here.

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