Angela Bassett became the first actor ever to win a major individual acting award for a movie based on Marvel Comics with her Golden Globe award Tuesday. Bassett played Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The evening marked Bassett’s second win (and second nomination) at the Globes. She had bagged the trophy for best actress in a musical or comedy for 1993’s Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It.
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“I got to find my words. I’m so nervous. My heart is just beating,” Bassett said in her acceptance speech. “The late Tony Morrison said that your life is already a miracle of chance just waiting for you to order its destiny. But in order for that destiny to manifest, I think that it requires courage to have faith. It requires patience, as we just heard. And it requires a true sense of yourself. It’s not easy because the past is circuitous and it has many unexpected detours, but, by the grace of God, I stand here. I stand here grateful.”
Bassett thanked her husband, fellow actor Courtney B. Vance, her family and her Marvel collaborators, Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito. She also acknowledged the death of star Chadwick Boseman, who died of colon cancer in 2020.
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“We embarked on this journey together with love. We mourned, we loved, we healed. We were surrounded each and every day by the light and the spirit of Chadwick Boseman,” Bassett said. “We have joy in knowing that with this historic ‘Black Panther’ series, it is a part of his legacy that he helped to lead us. We showed the world what Black unity, leadership and love looks like, behind and in front of the camera. To the Marvel fans, thank you for embracing these characters and showing us so much love.”