Angela Bassett Talks Oscars Lost
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Angela Bassett On Oscar Loss: ‘I Was Disappointed, And I Handled It Like A Human Being’

Angela Bassett is finally opening up about her 2023 Oscar loss for her role as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The legendary actress was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and there was a lot of buzz about her finally taking home the coveted trophy. However, to the shock of many, the prize ultimately went to Jamie Lee Curtis. Angela talked to Oprah Winfrey about that night on an episode of OWN Spotlight and said she “was gobsmacked.”

“I thought I handled it very well also, and my intention was to handle it very well. It was, of course, a supreme disappointment, and disappointment is human,” she explained. “So, I thought, yes, I was disappointed, and I handled it like a human being.”

While there was a lot of chatter online about the astounding loss, there was also a focus on her reaction to it. People suggested that Angela had an unhappy expression on her face. However, as she mentioned earlier, it was a human reaction. She further explained that it was important for her to remain gracious, especially for her family, who attended the ceremony with her.

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“I know a pastor who says, ‘technology’s different, people are the same,’ and it’s like there’s going to be these moments of disappointment that they are going to experience, but how do you handle yourself in the midst of them?" She said. “So, we’re gonna smile. We’re gonna be gracious. We’re gonna be kind. We’re gonna party, anyway.’”

Angela’s husband, veteran actor Courtney B. Vance, also spoke about the loss in an interview with People. While he acknowledged the upsetting blow, they weren’t going to let it deter them from having a good night.

"It hurt her feelings when she didn't win the Oscar this last go-round, but we decided to party like it was 1999 that night and they weren't going to run us home," Vance said. "So we ended up at Beyoncé and Jay-Z's party and life goes on. They gave her an honorary Oscar, which is wonderful. So we keep it pushing."

He continued, "I believe her best work is ahead of her. So maybe it re-energized people about her, but she's the most amazing actress in the world. Folks who know, know and the folks who don't know, maybe they were re-energized, maybe they were energized."

In January 2024, Angela received an honorary Academy Award for her illustrious 40-year career and she gave a powerful speech where she uplifted other Black actresses.

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