Angela Bassett will receive long-awaited Oscar after Academy’s unexpected move sparks debate

Nearly 30 years after Angela Bassett was first nominated for an Oscar for her role as Tina Turner in 1993 What’s Love Got To Do With It?He is finally getting his long-awaited and much-deserved Oscar.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday announced its association with the actress. mel brooks And carol littleton will receive An Honorary Oscar at this year’s Governors Awards.

When the iconic star was nominated for Best Actress for the first time during the 1994 Academy Awards, holly hunter won the award for his role in the piano. She was nominated again for Best Supporting Actress in 2023 for her role as Marvel’s Queen Ramonda. Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverHowever, the award went to Jamie Lee Curtis for Everything Everywhere All at Once.

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In a statement released on Monday, Academy President Janet Yang Said: “The Academy’s Board of Governors is thrilled to honor four pioneering individuals who have transformed the film industry and inspired generations of filmmakers and film fans.”

He added: “Throughout her decades-long career, Angela Bassett has continued to excel, setting new standards in acting.”

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He added that the honorary award is meant to honor “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contribution to the state of the cinematic arts and sciences, or outstanding service to the Academy.”

One sheet film poster advertising 'What's Love Got to Do With It' (Touchstone Pictures) starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett as Ike and Tina Turner, 1993© Getty
Angela was first nominated for an Oscar in 1994

The three Oscars will be presented at the 14th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 18, 2023, during the Sundance Institute’s Michelle Sater The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will also be awarded.

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As news of Angela’s upcoming Honorary Oscar win was announced, His fans on social media immediately celebrated himAlthough many people had mixed feelings about this decision.

Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett attend the 66th Annual Academy Awards held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 21, 1994 in Los Angeles, California.© Getty
At the 1994 Oscars, the actress and her husband Courtney B. Vance

“He should have won for Black Panther!” One fan suggested, as others said: “Just give her a real one,” and: “Give that woman all the Oscars!” Also: “Angela Bassett should have been an Oscar winner by now.”

Angela Bassett during the 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States© Getty
The star won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role as Tina.

Angela has opened up about it before I thought she deserved an Oscar for playing the late ‘Proud Mary’ singer. during 2018 appearance Andy Cohen’s watch what happens liveWhen the late night host read a fan’s comment saying she thought Angela deserved the award, she replied: “Yeah, me too.”

Angela Bassett attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California© Getty
Angela at the 2023 Oscars

However, speaking with Gayle King on CBS Mornings ahead of the 2023 Oscars earlier this year, he explained why he didn’t feel “robbed” after his first nomination.

“Of course, at this point you’re hoping, praying and wishing [you’ll win],” she confessed.

Angela Bassett, who played Tina in 'What's Love Got to Do With It', helped induct Tina Turner into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October 2021.© Getty
Actress to induct Tina into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October 2021

He then added: “But I never… I don’t walk around thinking ‘I’ve been robbed,'” and noted: “It’s such a negative feeling that I can’t carry it with me for the rest of my life.”

Angela said: “I choose to believe that there was a reason this didn’t happen.”