February 4, 2023

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Golden Globes: Angela Bassett won for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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Angela Bassett won a Golden Globe on Tuesday for her portrayal of Queen Ramonda in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” making the 64-year-old the first actor to win a major individual acting award for a film based on Marvel Comics.

The evening marked Bassett’s second win (and second nomination) at the Globes; She took home the trophy for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for the 1993 Tina Turner biopic “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”

“I need to find my words. I am very upset. My heart is just pounding,” began Bassett, taking the stage to accept the award. “The late Toni Morrison said that your life is already a miracle just waiting to be decided by your destiny. But to manifest that destiny, I think faith requires courage. It requires patience, as we have heard. And that requires a true sense of self. It is not easy because there are many twists and turns in the past but by the grace of God I am standing here. I am grateful here.

Before Bassett’s win for “Wakanda Forever,” there were only four actors and no women. nominated Golden Globes for Performance in a Superhero Movie: Ryan Reynolds for 2016’s “Deadpool” (musical/comedy actor) and Jack Nicholson for 1989’s “Batman” (musical/comedy actor) as well as Joaquin Phoenix for 019 winner Heath Ledger for “Joker” (actor) and 2008’s “The Dark Knight” (supporting actor). Phoenix and Ledger, who both played variations on the DC Comics villain the Joker, were major winners in their respective years during awards season, also winning SAG Awards and Oscars (Ledger’s win was posthumous).

It wasn’t Bassett’s first time winning the top prize for playing Queen Ramonda, however: She was also part of the cast of 2018’s “Black Panther” that won best ensemble at the SAG Awards. Bassett’s role was greatly expanded for “Wakanda Forever” in the wake of star Chadwick Boseman’s death in 2020. diversityIn a November 2022 cover story on the making of “Wakanda Forever,” Bassett said that director Ryan Coogler had brought up to him how “crucial and important” Queen Ramonda was to the sequel’s story.

“It’s almost to the point that I’m going to have a complication, like, ‘Am I going to be able to deliver what you want?'” Bassett said with a laugh. “She had to be strong. She had to be a mother. She had to be a leader. She was just throwing all this at me.”

Bassett won the Globe from fellow nominees Carey Condon (“The Banshee Insherin”), Jamie Lee Curtis (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”), Dolly De Leon (“Sad Triangle”) and Carey Mulligan (“She Said”).

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