Earlier in awards season, Angela Bassett was perceived as the frontrunner to win Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever at the Oscars in the aftermath of her Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award wins. Her nomination alone was already historic in the MCU and a win would certainly be icing on the cake.
However, the actress ended up not winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress during the ceremony last night as she lost to the category's eventual winner, Jamie Lee Curtis for Everything Everywhere All at Once, which also ended up winning Best Picture and swept the night with seven awards overall.
The other nominees in the category were Hong Chau in The Whale, Kerry Condon in The Banshees of Inisherin, and Curtis' co-star Stephanie Hsu in Everything Everywhere All at Once. However, Wakanda Forever still took home a trophy in the Best Costume Design category.
Despite Bassett's loss, she still made MCU history as she is the first performer to receive an acting nomination for a Marvel movie and the first woman and person of color to receive an acting nomination for a comic book movie in general.
The result of the Best Supporting Actress category was almost met with mixed responses online as a lot of them were arguing that Bassett is a more deserving winner and underwhelmed that Curtis was able to prevail despite not having a lot of screen time in the film.
While it is disappointing that the actress' did not win the award, her time will still come in the future as there is no doubt that she will deliver more wonderful performances in the coming years. Her performance and nomination just proved that she is still one of our most formidable actresses today.
Bassett's nomination this year has also paved the way for potentially more actors in the MCU to receive recognition in the coming years. While the actress did not make history in terms of winning and setting a precedent, maybe another actor will do it when the time comes.
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is streaming on Disney+.