Angela Bassett Receives Honorary Oscar, Delivers Inspiring Speech


Angela Bassett, renowned for her remarkable career, was honored with a long overdue achievement at the 14th Annual Governors Awards. The 65-year-old actress was presented with her first-ever Academy Award by her thrilled friend, Regina King. This recognition makes her the second Black actress to receive this prestigious honor, following in the footsteps of Cicely Tyson.

Key Takeaway

Angela Bassett’s well-deserved honorary Oscar and her empowering speech serve as a testament to her impactful career and the importance of representation in the film industry.

Empowering Speech

In her acceptance speech, Angela Bassett urged fellow Black actresses to embrace courage and strength, encouraging them to reflect on the intentions of their ancestors. She expressed her pride in sharing the celebratory moment with women who speak up when silenced, some of whom she has portrayed in her iconic roles.

Iconic Portrayals

Throughout her career, Angela has brought to life iconic figures such as Tina Turner, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, and ‘Black Panther’s Queen Ramonda. Notably, her portrayal of Queen Ramonda in a Marvel film marked her as the first actor in a Marvel movie and the first woman from a superhero film to receive an Oscar nomination, although she ultimately did not secure the win, losing out to Jamie Lee Curtis.

Additional Honorees

The ceremony also celebrated the outstanding contributions of actor Mel Brooks and film editor Carol Littleton, who both received honorary Oscars alongside Angela Bassett.