WAKANDA FOREVER Star Angela Bassett Was “Gobsmacked” By Oscar Loss

She was one of the favorites to walk away with the statue in the build-up to the show having already won the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award, but Angela Basset did not win Best Supporting Actress for her powerful performance as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever during last year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Jamie Lee Curtis ended up walking away with the award for her turn in Everything Everywhere All At Once, and it must be said, Bassett did look pretty crestfallen on the night when the camera cut to the other nominees.

Understandable, of course, and Bassett has now admitted that she was indeed very disappointed not to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

“I was gobsmacked! I was,” Bassett told Oprah Winfrey during an appearance on her show. “I thought I handled it very well. That was my intention, to handle it very well. It was, of course, a supreme disappointment and disappointment is human. So I thought, yes, I was disappointed and I handled it like a human being.”

“There are going to be these moments of disappointment that you’ll experience, but how do you handle yourself in the midst of them?” she added. “We’re going to smile, we’re going to be gracious, we’re going to be kind, we’re going to party anyway.”

Bassett is the first actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for a Marvel Studios movie. She was previously nominated for her lead performance as Tina Turner in 1994’s What’s Love Got to Do with It, and was named a recipient of an Honorary Award for her career as part of this year’s Oscar season.

Wakanda Forever took in a very respectable $880M+ at the global box office, but didn’t quite manage to join its predecessor in the $1 billion club. It did pass the likes of Captain Marvel and the first Wonder Woman to become the highest-grossing female-led superhero movie in U.S. box office history, however.

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In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira), and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta as Namor, king of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena, and Alex Livanalli.