After months of attending industry screenings, parties and awards season events to boost her profile among Oscar voters, Angela Bassett lost Sunday night to Jamie Lee Curtis.
Bassett was nominated for her performance as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverand made history as the first actor to land an Oscar nomination for a role in a Marvel movie.
While Bassett won the Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards, Curtis won the Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in Everything everywhere all at once.
As presenters Ariana DeBose and Troy Kotsur announced that Curtis also won the Oscar, all five nominees were shown onscreen.
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Jamie Lee Curtis accepts the #Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. https://t.co/ndiKiHfmID pic.twitter.com/bGBtrI3k0g
— Variety (@Variety) March 13, 2023
Curtis appeared stunned and could be seen saying, “Oh shut up!”
Bassett and fellow nominee Kerry Condon were clearly disappointed, and some social media users called Bassett a “bad” loser for not cheering Curtis on.
“Angela looks bitter,” one person tweeted.
“So glad Angela didn’t win after seeing how much she hurt. She didn’t even bother to clap. Nobody like that deserves to win, period,” another tweeted. person.
“Angela Bassett didn’t look happy she didn’t clap or stand up,” someone else wrote.
“Not a good look for Angela Bassett. I love her but this was one of the worst moments for any actor in years. Kind way to be. No,” another person wrote on Twitter.
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Others said they sympathized with Bassett, especially since she had lost three decades earlier in the lead actress category for her role in the 1993 film.
What’s love got to do with it.
“Angela Bassett robbed again unsurprisingly,” one fan tweeted.
“Angela Bassett deserved this!!!” another fan tweeted.
“Angela don’t be mad they don’t reward comic book movies,” someone else tweeted.
“But Angela Bassett did the thing!” someone else wrote on Twitter.
Later at the Academy Awards, Creed III stars Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors presented an award and paid tribute to Bassett.
“Hey Auntie,” Jordan said affectionately to his Black Panther co-star who was seated in the front row. “We love you,” Majors added.
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