History in the Making: Angela Bassett Nominated for Oscar for Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – For her performance as Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Angela Bassett has been nominated for an Academy Award. The nominations for Best Supporting Actress, who were all announced earlier today, include Bassett. Bassett is the first actress to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for a role in a Marvel film, making this moment historic for both her and the MCU.
Bassett has already achieved history by earning a nomination for her work in the Black Panther prequel, but if she hopes to achieve even more history by winning the Oscar, she will face fierce opposition. For their parts in Everything Everywhere All At Once, Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu, Kerry Condon for The Banshees of Inisherin, and Hong Chau for The Whale round out the list of contenders for Best Supporting Actress in 2023.
If you avoided seeing Wakanda Forever in theatres in favour of seeing movie online at home on Disney Plus starting on February 1, you might want to turn away now to prevent spoilers. In the follow-up, Bassett made a comeback to the MCU to play King T’Challa’s mother Ramonda. Due to Chadwick Boseman’s real-life demise in 2020, the movie opens with a moving burial for her fictional son.
MCU viewers were forced to say farewell to Bassett’s Ramonda later in the film when Namor, Wakanda’s newest enemy, killed her. That starts a chain of events that result in Ramonda’s daughter Shuri assuming the role of the Black Panther. Since the MCU currently exists in multiple universes, there is a good likelihood that Bassett may play Ramonda again in the future. If not, it would be a rather unique way to say farewell to her character if she were to win an Oscar for the part she performed.
On Sunday, March 12, 2023, at 8 p.m. ET, you can watch The Academy Awards live to find out if Angela Bassett wins Best Supporting Actress.