For many reasons, Angela Bassett’s Golden Globes victory for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture was significant. 28 years after earning a Golden Globe for her performance in What’s Love Got to Do With It, Angela Bassett won another one for her work in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, making her the first performer to receive a prestigious honor for a Marvel movie.
Although Bassett’s victory was a fantastic accomplishment, it also served as a somber reminder that the primary character from the Black Panther film series is no longer with us. Bassett stated during her speech how the production of the film was filled with his “light and spirit.”
“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. We were surrounded each and every day by the light and spirit of Chadwick Boseman. We have joy in knowing that 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 united leadership [looks like] beyond, behind and in front of the camera. To the Marvel fans, thank you for embracing these characters and showing us so much love.”
Congratulations to @imangelabassett for taking home the Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture! A well deserved honor 🙌
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 11, 2023
The 2018 film Black Panther sequel included Queen Ramonda, played by Angela Bassett, in a magnificent performance. Even yet, Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin), Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All at Once), Dolly De Leon (Triangle of Sadness), and Carey Mulligan presented some stiff competition, making it difficult for Mulligan to win the award (She Said).
Will this be the first of many big wins for Marvel stars? Angela Bassett definitely clear the path for that.