Angela Bassett Says Honorary Oscar Wasn’t a Gift: ‘I Earned It’

Angela Bassett in OWN Spotlight Special (Credit: OWN)

Angela Bassett will look back on her journey to success and the women she’s portrayed, in a new OWN “Spotlight” interview with Oprah Winfrey.

In January, Bassett received an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In a preview clip for her interview with Winfrey, the actress says she’s “humbled” by the award.

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She notes that the honor came after years of putting in work.

“I worked hard to get to this place, so I know it’s not a gift,” Bassett says. “I know that I earned it because I worked hard for it.”

The actress got her start on the daytime soap operas Ryan’s Hope and The Search for Tomorrow.

Among her credits are roles in the acclaimed films Boyz N the Hood, Malcolm X, Waiting to Exhale, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

Her four-decade career also includes two Oscar nominations — the first for her role as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It and the second for her performance as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

You can hear more from Bassett on OWN Spotlight: Oprah & Angela Bassett.

The one-hour special premieres Saturday, March 2 at 9pm ET/PT on OWN.

Watch a preview clip below.