Angela Bassett wins the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Queen Ramonda in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Angela Bassett becomes the first Marvel Cinematic Universe actor to win a Golden Globe.
Per Vanity Fair, Bassett was awarded the Golden Globes award for Best Supporting Actress Performance in a Motion Picture for her role as Queen Ramonda in Wakanda Forever, making her the first actor to win at the ceremony for a Marvel Studios film.
The nominations for the 80th Golden Globe Awards were announced in December by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Bassett received the Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in the Black Panther sequel, alongside Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin), Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All at Once), Dolly de Leon (Triangle of Sadness) and Carey Mulligan (She Said). Bassett won her first Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy in 1993 for her performance in What’s Love Got to Do with It.
Bassett first starred as Queen Ramonda, leader of the sovereign nation of Wakanda, in 2018’s Black Panther. She would reprise the role in its sequel, Wakanda Forever, where the character would inevitably perish as a result of the conflict between Wakanda and Namor (Tenoch Huerta). Bassett previously revealed that she protested this plot point to Wakanda Forever director and co-writer Ryan Coogler.
“I objected,” she said. “Yeah, I was like, ‘Ryan, what are you doing? Why? You will rue the day! You will rue the demise of [Ramonda]. People are gonna be so upset.’” However, she eventually came to understand the reasoning behind the choice. “He was like, ‘Angela, I know, I know, but look, to die is not really to die in this world. It doesn’t really have to mean that,”” she said. “All kinds of crazy things happen.”
Wakanda Forever serves as a sequel to Black Panther, which starred the late Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa/Black Panther. The movie’s plot was restructured following Boseman’s death in 2020. Wakanda Forever introduced Huerta as the film’s villain, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams/Ironheart. It also marked Letitia Wright’s debut as the MCU’s new Black Panther. Wright has portrayed Shuri, the younger sister of Boseman’s King T’Challa/Black Panther, in the MCU since 2018.
Other cast members who returned for Wakanda Forever Winston Duke as M’Baku, Gurira as Okoye and Martin Freeman as Everett Ross. The film also stars Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livanalli. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives on Disney+ on Feb. 1.