Angela Bassett to Receive Honorary Oscar

Angela Bassett at the 95th Annual Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, USA on March 12, 2023. — Photo by PopularImages

After more than 40 years in the entertainment industry, Angela Bassett will soon be able to call herself an Oscar recipient.

On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 64-year-old actress will receive an honorary Oscar at this year’s Governors Awards, set to take place in November.

Bassett has previously been nominated for two Oscars. Her first nomination as best actress came in 1993 for her portrayal of Tina Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It.

Earlier this year, Bassett was nominated for best supporting actress for 2022’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in which she played Queen Ramonda — mother to King T’Challa, who was portrayed by the late Chadwick Boseman.

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Bassett’s fans and friends were disappointed when she did not win earlier this year.

Oscar presenter Michael B. Jordan offered her supportive words after the loss, by saying from the stage, “Auntie, we love you.”

The film academy says it selected Bassett for the honorary Oscar due to her “transcendent performances.”

“The Academy’s Board of Governors is thrilled to honor four trailblazers who have transformed the film industry and inspired generations of filmmakers and movie fans,” said Academy President Janet Yang. “Across her decades-long career, Angela Bassett has continued to deliver transcendent performances that set new standards in acting.”

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Joining Bassett as honorees in November will be producer, writer, and actor Mel Brooks; film editor Carol Littleton; and founding senior director of the Sundance Institute’s Artist Programs, Michelle Satter.

According to the Academy, the honorary awards mark “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or outstanding service to the Academy.”

Brooks, who has already secured EGOT status after winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award, has also received Oscar nominations for screenwriting (1974’s Young Frankenstein) and songwriting (1974’s Blazing Saddles).

“Mel Brooks lights up our hearts with his humor, and his legacy has made a lasting impact on every facet of entertainment,” Yang said of the 96-year-old performer.

Meanwhile, Littleton is being honored for her work behind the scenes. “Carol Littleton’s career in film editing serves as a model for those who come after her,” Yang shared.

The 81-year-old film editor received an Oscar nomination for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, which she edited for director Steven Spielberg. She is also known for her work on the films Body Heat, The Big Chill, Swimming to Cambodia, and The Manchurian Candidate.

Satter will receive a separate honor, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which is given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

As founding senior director of the Sundance Institute’s inaugural Feature Film Program, Satter has “played a vital role in the careers of countless filmmakers around the world,” said Yang.

The 96th Annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024.