Angela Bassett made history at the Golden Globes on Tuesday night as she became the first actor to win a major award for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. Bassett won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role as Ramonda, the mother of T’Challa, in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
Bassett’s win is significant not just because she’s the first actor to win a major award for a Marvel movie but also because of the cultural impact of “Black Panther” and the representation it brought to the superhero genre. The film broke box office records and gained critical acclaim for its depiction of a futuristic, technologically advanced African nation, as well as its predominantly black cast and crew.
Bassett’s portrayal of Ramonda, the mother of T’Challa, was especially praised for her strong, powerful and wise presence in the film. Ramonda was not only the mother of the protagonist but also the Queen Mother of Wakanda and a leader in her own right. Bassett brought a depth of emotion and strength to the role, making Ramonda a memorable and inspiring character.
In her acceptance speech, Bassett thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the creators of “Black Panther,” including director Ryan Coogler, for the opportunity to be a part of the groundbreaking film. She also thanked her fellow cast members, including the late Chadwick Boseman, for their incredible performances and contributions to the film.
Bassett has been a respected and accomplished actor in Hollywood for decades, with notable roles in films like “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and “Malcolm X.” Bassett’s win is an important moment for representation and diversity in Hollywood, as it highlights the talents and abilities of actors from different backgrounds and communities.
The win is also a testament to the lasting impact of “Black Panther” and its representation of Black excellence in the entertainment industry. This film set a precedent for other films and studios to follow, as it shows that people of colour and diverse perspectives are not only marketable but are also able to be critically acclaimed and award-winning.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” has also been shortlisted in multiple categories at the upcoming Academy Awards, including Visual Effects, and its win at the Golden Globe has been a boost for its Oscar chances. The film’s legacy and impact will be remembered for years to come, and Angela Bassett’s win is an important moment in the history of representation in Hollywood.
The awards season that follows Golden Globe is now going to be a very interesting one, as Bassett’s win sets a precedent for other actors of colour and from diverse backgrounds to be recognized for their talents. This win is not only a victory for Bassett and “Black Panther,” but also for representation and diversity in the entertainment industry. This win is a victory for not just Bassett and “Black Panther,” but for all those who are underrepresented in Hollywood.