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11th Jan 2023

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

‘All hail the Queen’

Angela Bassett has made history, winning the first major acting award ever for a Marvel Studios movie, after taking home a Golden Globe.

The 64-year-old scooped the award, her second Globe, for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in her her role as Queen Ramonda. Her first win was in 1994 for her portrayal of Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It.

Bassett beat 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) and in her acceptance speech honoured the late Chadwick Boseman, and thanked Marvel fans.

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The actor gave a rousing speech at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, after taking out her phone, saying: “I’ve got to find my words. I’m so nervous my heart is just beating.’

“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,” she added.

“It’s not easy because the past 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.”

She then paid tribute to “my amazing team who each and every day they worked along with me and beside me and on my behalf each and every day”.

Bassett added that she is, “grateful to my family,” husband Courtney B. Vance, daughter Bronwyn and son Slater, adding, “I love you from the depths of my heart.”

“And my mother always said good things come to those who pray. I see the truth of that every day as we welcome each new day as a family,” she said, as she also thanked her “Marvel Disney family”.

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

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 $445.8 million domestic and $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 and the leader of the Dora Milaje, Okoye, to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

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