Make way for the Queen. Angela Bassett just landed an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Bassett earned her Oscar nom in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role as Queen Ramonda. The Black Panther sequel sees her character dealing with both an invasion of her kingdom and the loss of her son, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman).
This marks Bassett’s second personal Oscar nomination; she was previously nominated for playing Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It.
Bassett’s powerful performance also serves as a milestone for Marvel itself. Her nomination is the first the MCU has received specifically for acting.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever received several other Oscar nominations as well, including Costumes, Make-up and Hair, VFX, and Song (for Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up”). Unlike its predecessor though, it didn’t score a Best Picture nom.
Bassett’s competition in the Supporting Actress category includes Hong Chau for The Whale, Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu for Everything Everywhere All At Once, and Kerry Condon for The Banshees of Inisherin.
The 95th Academy Awards will be held on March 12. That gives you plenty of time to rewatch (or catch for the first time!) Bassett’s performance as Queen Ramonda; Black Panther: Wakanda Forever begins streaming on Disney+ February 1. You can also add a physical copy to your collection beginning February 7.
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