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Angela Bassett becomes the first Marvel actor nominated for an Oscar

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Angela Bassett becomes the first Marvel actor nominated for an Oscar

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Angela Bassett made history on Tuesday as the first Marvel Cinematic Universe star to be nominated for an acting Oscar for her role in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ as Queen Ramonda.

After being nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Bassett paid tribute to the character she portrayed.

“Queen Ramonda of Wakanda Forever is a character that touched me because she is a mother and a leader who must care for her grieving nation as much as she cares for her grieving family,” Bassett said. in a press release.

Bassett is a favorite to win at the Oscars on March 12, having already picked up a Golden Globe and a Critics Choice award for the role. The film earned four more nominations, including for visual effects and costume design.

Bassett was previously nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Tina Turner in the biopic “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”

Disney’s “Black Panther” sequel sold approximately $330 million in tickets and set a November record in the United States and Canada.

In the sequel, the character King T’Challa dies in the opening, a script change made after actor Chadwick Boseman died of cancer in 2020 just before filming began.

Marvel decided not to recast T’Challa. Instead, writer and director Ryan Coogler crafted a script that puts the female characters front and center.

“Ramonda is a love letter that reflects and acknowledges what we women do every day,” Bassett said.

His appointment challenges the long-held belief of many big names in Hollywood, including directors Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, that Marvel movies aren’t real cinema.

“They seem to me to be closer to theme parks than to movies as I’ve known and loved them all my life, and which in the end I don’t think are movies,” Scorsese wrote in the New York Times. York Times in 2019, sparking a backlash.

Despite that kind of criticism, the first “Black Panther” won three Oscars after garnering seven Oscar nominations in 2019, including the first Best Picture nomination for a superhero film.

Bassett is joined in the category by fellow nominees Hong Chau from “The Whale”, Kerry Condon from “The Banshees of Inisherin”, and Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu from “Everything Everywhere All at Once”. (Reuters)

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