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Thirty years after her first Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With ItAngela Bassett is once again a contender. But this nod, for her heart-wrenching turn in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, feels different. “I was just shell-shocked last time,” Bassett says. “It’s still very exciting. But last time, it was just mind-blowing.” Her second nomination is no less meaningful — it’s the first performance in a Marvel movie to be recognized by the Academy. Bassett talks about the historical and emotional nature of Wakanda Forever and finding the marrow in everything she does.

DEADLINE: Your Oscar nomination for Wakanda Forever is history-making. What kind of significance does that have for you?

ANGELA BASSETT: I haven’t really concentrated on that, but I’m appreciative of being a first. Other than breaking that glass ceiling, I’ve never been a first before. It was a wonderful effort with wonderful creatives and filmmakers and, at the helm, Ryan [Coogler]. I’m just pleased and proud to be a part of a franchise, a movie, and a universe that is doing some great work and has been very successful.

DEADLINE: Re-watching the film, those first scenes are so impactful. It’s hard to imagine that the grief portrayed is much different from what you, as a cast, felt outside of the film. Onscreen, what was it like to say goodbye to Chadwick (Boseman, who passed away in 2020 from colon cancer)?

BASSETT: I think it went quite a long way in terms of the healing of saying farewell for now. A lot of us were in various places and couldn’t come together [when Boseman died]. We had built a family, and he had so expertly, and beautifully, led the way in the first Panther. It was very, very moving to each and every one of us to come together as a family and be able to tell this story, to pay homage and honor him in our way, in the way that we can as actors and filmmakers. It was beautiful. Calm and peace came over us. We were all going to put forth the full measure of our devotion for him in the making of this movie.

DEADLINE: Then, of course, the show has to go on. You say goodbye to a character, and the film has to tell another story. How was that transition for you?

BASSETT: You’re right. Life does have to go on. I guess that’s the nature and the glory of life. It does carry on. We expressed that with Shuri (Letitia Wright) coming into her own and the meeting of T’Challa’s son. It’s just ever hopeful. I think we definitely tried to impart the feeling of, ‘A good morning comes after a long, dark night.’


BASSETTDEADLINE: In the film, you have a scene where you fear that you’ve lost both of your children. It plays out in front of a lot of people, but it feels like it’s between you and Danai Gurira’s character, Okoye. What do you recall about shooting that scene?

BASSETT: I remember being surrounded by all the other players, by the council, by the Dora Milaje, by the Jabari tribe and by the elders. I remember that glorious room. I remember rising from the throne and addressing her, being filled with such grief and sadness and righteous indignation and all those things — just emotions. Just being in the moment and being so pleased to be in the moment. Like you said, it felt very intimate between Danai and I, a real conversation, an understanding that had to be made known. She’s making hers known and I’m making my mine known. Yeah, I remember tears. I remember it all.

DEADLINE: If I had told you prior to Black Panther that there was a Marvel film that would offer you this type of material, would you believe me?

BASSETT: Well, anything is possible if you believe, and I’m a believer.

Did you have to be convinced that there is a meatier aspect to franchise films?

BASSETT: Oh, no, no. I’m always going to look for the nourishment. I’m going to look for the meat, the marrow.

DEADLINE: I imagine that Ryan Coogler has much to do with that. What’s unique about working with him as a director?

BASSETT: Oh, he’s such a comprehensive storyteller. He understands story, structure and character, intention, subtext and collaboration. There’s something about him where everyone shows up and wants to — and will — give their best effort. He’s just so respectful and honors what you do in your particular lane. He was the real deal in every aspect and respect.

DEADLINE: Do you recall those conversations where you two collaborated to open up the character even more?

BASSETT: There were many. He has stories like, “Can you apply this moment from real life with a mother and a daughter? Or a mother and a child?” Or, “Do you remember when?” He has all these memories that he will share with you. They’re so unique and helpful. I said, “No, I never thought about it that way.” He just has such an emotional intelligence.

DEADLINE: You have sat in this character now for a while. Was there a scene in this film that gave you an even better understanding of Ramonda?

BASSETT: I love those scenes with Shuri, whether it’s out in the wilderness or in her laboratory, where she’s interested in what her daughter does, but also, taking her away from her blanket of comfort — that lab and her intelligence — and trying to get her to settle into the heart of who she is, just for a moment. It may be painful, but it comes to pass. It won’t always remain. It will come to pass, but you have to be open and warm. I enjoy that.

DEADLINE: As a mother, is that something you relate to, opening your children up to the world?

BASSETT: Absolutely. It’s important to preserve yourself and your energy. It’s important to protect yourself, your mind, your heart, but it’s important not to be rigid and immovable as well. It’s a balance. It must be struck.

DEADLINE: I get the sense that this film feels very personal, and there’s a lot to draw from real life.

BASSETT: Much has been said, and it’s true, there’s a story here that is led by women — and by Black women, by and large. I think we are a very strong, resolute tribe, so I’m very proud of that and just proud of what we’re able to do onscreen and proud of the impact that we’ve had with audiences. It’s an honor when the movies you make, the entertainment you give, is also helpful to the lives of some. This movie was about grief and loss, family, a remembrance, a legacy and moving on. That’s something that’s so very human. To actually connect with audience members who have gone through some of this, and it being a source of comfort and conversation for them and their families, that really is quite an honor that you’re not expecting. But it’s an unexpected benefit and blessing.

DEADLINE: There’s been a huge cultural impact in having five women lead a film like Black Panther. There has to be an impact behind the scenes as well. What is it like to surround each other with this level of talent and support?

BASSETT: It was nice to come back again for it and carry on the journey of Black Panther. You feel like a family. That familiarity is a beautiful, comforting thought and experience. It’s great to see each other shine and to watch each other shine.

DEADLINE: You’ve experienced this before with Waiting to ExhaleAmerican Horror Story

BASSETTGunpowder Milkshake, where we were assassins, Michelle Yeoh and I. Yes, I’ve been very fortunate to show the world that we’re bad; we’re awesome and amazing.

DEADLINE: Is the Wakanda Forever experience different from being the sole female lead on a film?

BASSETT: Yes, the sisterhood is beautiful. It’s very, very supportive — you have your cheering section. You’re cheering each other on. You can feel the support, most definitely.

DEADLINE: Let’s talk about the physical challenges of a film like Black Panther. What were those underwater scenes like?

BASSETT: It was deep, but at least it was warm. That’s the one thing that you appreciate [laughs]. They kept it at a nice, warm bath temperature. But it was deep and would’ve been a bit daunting and scary had we not had the freediving instruction to be able to learn to hold our breath for as long as the take entails, and the swim lessons. I appreciate that because that was not my forte. I hadn’t been in the water in an awful long time, since I was in, I don’t know, third grade or something. I could do one little doggy paddle, you know.

DEADLINE: It looks so impressive. Are you always that physically fit?

BASSETT: No. No. No, it ebbs and flows to this thing called life. I try not to get too far out of pocket; maybe a month or two and you’re back to your fighting weight. I enjoy it. It’s a challenge. I’m happy at this stage of the game to be called upon to do any manner of stunt.

DEADLINE: With Black Panther, is there a challenge unique to these films that maybe isn’t physical?

BASSETT: To craft, to draw, to act in and be in this world together, this world of Wakanda… It’s an understanding beyond the words in the subtext of the script. I lay that in the hands of Ryan Coogler and his vision to get us all, literally, on the same page of something that we’ve never seen before. To get us on the same page emotionally, spiritually, physically — I think that’s pretty daunting.

DEADLINE: I read that you pushed back against your character’s death. Was that because you’d like to join the gang again, or was there another reason?

BASSETT: Of course, I love being queen. Who doesn’t? I adore and appreciate this character. I didn’t push very hard because I’m ultimately there to serve the vision of the filmmaker, but I was shocked when I saw how he drew me. I was shocked. I was surprised, but I trust him wholeheartedly. I think I got over it pretty soon.

DEADLINE: Isn’t it your character that says that there’s another plane?

BASSETT: Right, we said, “He’s dead, but it doesn’t mean he’s gone.”

DEADLINE: Do you feel like this is a universe you will be able to join again?

Well, with the impossible that we were able to create with Wakanda Forever, I think anything is possible.

DEADLINE: What’s next for you?

BASSETTDamsel (for Netflix) is in the works. Got to finish that up. Also, the sixth season of 9-1-1. Looking forward to Heist 88, which is a movie starring Courtney B. Vance coming out of Bassett Vance Productions and getting geared up to start a limited series that we’re also producing about the “Black Wall Street”. A number of exciting things are happening.

DEADLINE: It feels like you are at the pinnacle of your career. How do you feel about the material available to you and the opportunities you have?

BASSETT: Well, it feels great. It feels great, but let’s see what’s opportunities await tomorrow. We’re always looking ahead. We have our bird in hand, and we’re looking toward that next one. But there are more possibilities in this day and time for me — and not only for me, but for so many. It’s a very exciting time.




Angela Bassett, fresh out of grad school in the ’80s, intended to be a star. When she got an agent—a big deal for any actor early in their career—the man she was dating at the time tried to tell her it was thanks to his influence and largesse rather than her own abilities. “I refused to buy into what was underneath that,” Bassett, 64, says. “If anyone tried to make me believe that it was because of them and not my own talent, effort, perseverance, I wasn’t going to accept that.”

The relationship ended, and Bassett flourished. Onscreen and onstage, her range is dizzying. As Tina Turner in the 1993 film What’s Love Got to Do With It, sinking herself into the story of “a Southern girl who conquered the world of music,” Bassett fully embodied the spirit of the Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll—and earned her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Almost 30 years later, following turns in films like Waiting to ExhaleNotorious, and Akeelah and the Bee, Bassett is making Oscars history after playing another kind of royal, the Queen Mother of Wakanda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, snagging Marvel’s first acting nomination. “It has been really exciting. And very, very hectic,” Bassett says of awards season. “I’m just using it as an exercise to remain chill in the middle of a whirlwind.”

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As Queen Ramonda in Black Panther, Bassett portrays a mother grieving the loss of her son while trying to figure out how to lead her people. She says her experience playing characters that embody so many things at once has helped her realize it’s OK not to be everything to everyone all the time. “Women are called upon to be wives, sisters, friends, mothers, community leaders, activists, and we have it in our core to be these things,” she says. “But it’s important to give to yourself first, and then you have more to share with the world.”


“It’s almost like music, when you have the tuning fork and you’re trying to find the right note,” the Oscar nominee told PEOPLE on Monday.

Angela Bassett feels the power of a red-carpet moment.

Speaking to PEOPLE at the CDGA Awards on Monday night, the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star explained when she feels her most beautiful.

“Definitely on the carpets or as I’m getting ready and about to head out the door,” said Bassett, 64. “You and your team just have put together a lot of effort, a lot of thought, into where you’re going and what the event is.”

“And that’s what you want: to feel your most best, because all eyes are on you” she added. “So definitely the carpet is a place where I feel most beautiful.”


For the evening, Bassett’s feminine pantsuit — complete with a black-and-red cape worn low like a train — appeared tailored to fit her figure, with the blazer’s low V showing her bare skin. She donned a black beret and chunky black heels to complete her look.

As for pulling her ensembles together, Bassett compared it to something musical.

“I enjoy the process of finding … It’s almost like music, when you have the tuning fork and you’re trying to find the right note,” she shared.

“So for tonight, it’s a designer’s guild. This felt right,” Bassett said of her all-black, tuxedo-inspired ensemble for the event held at Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

“It may not be. I love it. I feel great in it, but it may not have worked for last night or last week or something else,” she added.

The actress pulled off another striking look the night before for the SAG Awards, with a polar opposite feel — and color.

Bassett stepped out on Sunday in a vibrant yellow gown designed by Giambattista Valli Couture and styled by Jennifer Austin.

The avant-garde piece turned heads with its figure-hugging ruched bodice and organza ruffles that adorned the strapless neckline and voluminous skirt.

Bassett also brought the bling with gold-and-diamond drop earrings and rings by De Beers, as well as a Judith Leiber seashell-shaped clutch embellished with gemstones.

The New York City native kept her makeup natural while donning fabulous curls, similar to Monday’s hairstyle.

For her biggest night so far of 2023’s award season, Bassett shined from head-to-toe at the Golden Globes, where she took home best supporting actress for Black Panther‘s second installment.

The veteran film star appeared on the red carpet in a silver halter-neck gown by Pamella Roland, which stylist Austin paired with Sarah Flint shoes and dazzling Chopard jewelry.

While the star’s ensemble took on a futuristic feel, her hair and blushed cheeks exuded Old Hollywood style.

Bassett’s trophy for reprising her role as Ramonda, Queen of Wakanda, made history as Marvel Studios’ first acting nod and win at the award show.

She is also widely considered the frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress at the 95th Academy Awards next month, almost 30 years after her Best Actress nomination for 1993’s What’s Love Got to Do with It.


The actress has earned an Oscar nomination for her role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

“He understands just empirically everything that I go through,” she says. “He can really give me perspective, because it gets very heady and very busy, but he just keeps me very grounded about the important things, that life is good and we’re all just doing our best to support each other.”

Bassett says she thinks her friend and co-star Chadwick Boseman would be touched by all the positive attention the sequel to the 2018 hit is receiving.

“He would be amazingly supportive. It is his nature,” she says.

What is biggest lesson this year’s Oscar nomination has taught her? “Never give up and run after your passion,” says Bassett, 64, who earned her first Oscar nomination for playing Tina Turner in 1993’s What’s Love Got to Do With It. “Maybe one day, something as wonderful as this occurs.”


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Best Supporting Actress nominee Angela Bassett said her nomination for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever reminded her to “never give up and run after your passion. Maybe one day, something as wonderful as this occurs.”

The actress earned her first Oscar nomination in 1995 for playing Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It. With the ocean behind her and the sun shining brightly, Bassett posed for the portfolio at El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara on Feb. 9. She said to play matriarch Queen Ramonda she drew from her own experience as a mother: “You’re always thinking of them – wanting the best for your kids.”

The Best Supporting Actress nominee takes The Awardist through her powerful death scene.
Angela Bassett has earned her second Oscar nomination, this one for her role as Queen Ramonda in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Moments after the credits started rolling at the premiere of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Angela Bassett’s son, Slater, leaned over and whispered in his mom’s ear: “Oscar.” Months later, Bassett laughs at the memory because her immediate response, at least in her head, was “Aaaaaw, you’re my son. You’re supposed to say nice things to your mom. But thank you, darling!”

Ever since the January announcement that Bassett had earned an Oscar nomination for reprising the role of Queen Ramonda and, in the process, becoming the first actor to win academy recognition for a Marvel movie, Slater has reminded her more than once about that evening.

“At the time, the Oscars were the furthest thing in my mind,” Bassett tells me. It’s a Saturday, and we’re seated in a booth in a noisy breakfast spot not far from her La Cañada Flintridge home, a cozy spot where Bassett stands out because she’s wearing a stylish pantsuit and has ordered only tea, forsaking the bulging breakfast plates that the wait staff carries by our booth. Also: She’s Angela Bassett! No matter the setting, her magnificence doesn’t exactly blend into the background.

We’ve been talking about transitions, thinking about Slater and his twin sister, Bronwyn, high school juniors about to make their first trip back east to check out colleges. “Thank you, Lord, for one more year,” Bassett, 64, says of their looming departure from home. “As they say, it does go by quickly. I was telling that to someone the other day that we always say that, maybe thinking time will slow time down. But it doesn’t slow down, does it?”

Not long ago, a friend asked Bassett if she was ready for an empty nest. Ready? She was practically incredulous. She has been preparing for her children leaving from the moment they were born, she says, realizing it was inevitable. That hasn’t stopped her from scrolling through pictures and videos on her phone lately, watching her babies dancing and singing, the years passing, cartwheels turning into car wheels, as the song goes, and here she is today, readying them for visits to Yale and Harvard.

“The other day I asked my daughter, just fishing, saying, ‘Oh, if you go to Yale, I’m going to get an apartment just down the street from you,’” Bassett says. “And she’s like, ‘That’d be great, Mom!’” Bassett shakes her head, laughing. “Just fishing, you know. Like, ‘I’m going to miss you! So I’m going to go back to college too.’”

But, talk about time passing: To Bassett, it doesn’t feel like it was all that long ago that she moved to Los Angeles, five years after graduating from the Yale School of Drama, ending up crashing at a friend’s Hollywood apartment just behind Sunset Bronson Studios. She’d walk down Sunset Boulevard to the gym, getting strange looks from motorists. “Like, ‘What’s wrong with her? Is she crazy? What’s she up to?’ All because I was walking,” Bassett says. “I’d just come from New York and didn’t have a car. In New York, you walk. If you do that here, you feel weird because there’s no one else on the sidewalk.”

Her mother and aunt wanted Bassett to go into nursing or teaching. “You want to be a princess?” Bassett bursts out laughing at the memory of how they felt about her career choice. “To them, understandably, it was a pipe dream.”

Bassett brings up the 1992 sci-fi comedy “Critters 4,” which I’d never have pegged as a career milestone. For her though, as a young working actor, it was a role in a horror franchise in which her character survived to the closing credits. “You mean, I don’t die?” Bassett recalls thinking, laughing. “That was a transition.”

One year later, Bassett earned an Oscar nomination for playing Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” showcasing the full range of her talent and ability to shift between vulnerability and strength as well as dance in 5-inch heels while singing “Proud Mary.” During the shoot, there was chatter in the trades that the movie was in trouble and that Bassett had been miscast. Bassett heard it and asked to watch the dailies. She looked at two scenes — the “Proud Mary” performance and a small moment that had Turner finding peace through a Buddhist chant.

“I bought what I did,” Bassett says. “After that, I didn’t need to see anything else. I knew I was on the right track. I’ve always believed it’s better to be underestimated and then deliver.”

Bassett extends that philosophy to any and all expectations for industry approval. That first Oscar nomination came 29 years ago. And despite all the strong praise for her commanding turn in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” as a queen working through grief while standing strong for her people, Bassett never assumed she’d ever be back at the ceremony as a nominee.

“I’m not 30, you know,” Bassett says. “You’re looking for those great roles and for women of a certain age, it takes more effort and concentration, more creativity for the people who want to work with you. It takes some belief that it is possible. I didn’t quite believe it. But I’ll tell you who did — Courtney.”

That’s Courtney B. Vance, Bassett’s husband of 25 years and the fellow actor who kept telling her that one day a role would come along to take his wife back to the Oscars. Bassett could never bring herself to verbalize that dream. “But I would not speak against what Courtney hoped for me,” she says, smiling. “I wouldn’t speak for it! I couldn’t chime in! I didn’t have it in me to chime in. It’s been 30 years! I’m thinking, ‘I’m 60-whatever. Stop wishing. Stop hoping. Stop dreaming. You’re just my husband. I know you love me. Husbands have to say that.’”

Vance, reached by phone, says: “I kept reminding her: ‘You just have to keep going. The world will come around to you. You haven’t changed a bit. You’re the same hard-working actress and queen that we all know.’”

Bassett probably would have slept through the Oscar nominations announcement had her publicist not called her the day before with a reminder. She set the alarm for 5:25 a.m., but she woke up a couple of hours earlier, stressed and nervous. She lay in bed tossing and turning, finally giving up to get out of bed and check the clock. It was 5:25. She nudged Vance, asking if he wanted to watch. Bassett tells me more than once that she likes to downplay things, but she figured this could be a twice-in-a-lifetime moment and she wanted to share the memory with her husband. Maybe they could look back on it someday and say, “Remember when …”


Now if she could just figure out how to turn on the damn television …

“Smart TVs have made us dumb,” she says with a laugh. “I had one remote in each hand, trying to figure it out.”

Supporting actress was the first category announced. And as nominees are revealed alphabetically, Angela Bassett was the first name called. “I was filming it,” Bassett says. “I let out a little bit of a whoop.” She watched the rest of the announcement, answered a couple of texts and then went back to bed. She had a long day of filming ahead for her hit TV series “9-1-1” and had to be at 20th Century Fox by 8. Sleep came easy. The anxiety had evaporated.

Asked what it means to her to be nominated again, nearly three decades later, Bassett takes a moment.

“It means I did what I came to do,” she says, speaking slowly, her gaze holding mine. “I did what I came to do. And I did it well.”


The ‘Wakanda Forever’ actress said she relates to Butler after undergoing a similar situation with Tina Turner’s voice following ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It.’

Angela Bassett understands Austin Butler’s plight as he responds to questions about his voice following his Oscar-nominated turn in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis.

Bassett, whose Black Panther: Wakanda Forever role landed her a best supporting actress nomination, sat down with The New Yorker for an interview published online Monday. During the conversation, Bassett was asked whether her Oscar-nominated role as Tina Turner in the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It took over her brain in the way that the part of Elvis Presley seemingly impacted Butler.

The actress replied that this was “absolutely” the case for her, and she even gave a high-pitched Turner-style laugh to prove it. “Tina’s laugh and the way she spoke took over,” Bassett said. “It took over, not as long as Elvis — maybe about four months after. You so lived and breathed and began to see life through their perspective. You had to. They’re a part of you.”

She continued, “I think that’s what’s going on with him. You have to bid it farewell, and it’s hard to let it go, because you’ve enjoyed it, you survived it, you delivered, and you’re proud of that. You got an opportunity, and you hit it out of left field. So it takes a moment to get back to regular you. But you’re different after this moment. Now you’re Austin, who did that great performance.”

Butler spurred social media debate at last month’s Golden Globes when viewers felt that his acceptance speech appeared to be delivered in a voice similar to the one he used for the role. While addressing reporters backstage after his win, Butler said, “I don’t think I sound like him still, but I guess I must because I hear it a lot.”

During a recent visit to The Graham Norton Show, Butler assessed that all of his singing for the film “destroyed my voice a bit.” The actor added that he has felt self-conscious after knowing that people have questioned his voice.


Before receiving the 2023 SBIFF Montecito Award, Oscar nominee Bassett detailed how the Tina Turner biopic nearly broke her.

The actress talks about her student days at Yale, embodying Tina Turner, her Oscar nomination for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” and her funny side.