After nearly 40 years as an actress and two Oscar nominations, Angela Bassett has received an honorary Academy Award.
The 65-year-old received her first Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and her second nomination last year for playing the grieving queen in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
Bassett gave an emotional speech, talking about how acting has always been more than just a career for her. She said the honorary Oscar is not just another award but “a testament to my legacy” and calling.
“Thank you. Thank you to the Academy and the Board of Governors for this award. I have considered acting my calling and not just my career. I do this work because I find it meaningful, and I hope in some way that it makes a difference and has an impact. To be recognized in this way for what I love doing is truly wonderful, and I am beyond grateful.
“I call their names to acknowledge every one of them this evening for being beacons of possibility and hope for little Black and brown girls who aspire to one day pursue the dream of becoming an actor,” Bassett said.