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Angela Bassett Receives First Oscar Nomination for an Actor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Angela Bassett has made history by becoming the first Marvel Cinematic Universe star to receive an Oscar nomination for a comic book adaptation.

While several Marvel actors and actresses have received Academy Awards in the past for other films – like Brie Larson in Room and Natalie Portman in Black Swan – none have been nominated for their performance in a Marvel film.

As the Oscar nominations were announced earlier today, however, Bassett changed all of that thanks to her nomination for best actress in a supporting role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Bassett plays Ramonda in Wakanda Forever as a character dealing not only with her role as a new monarch but also with the death of her son T’Challa. The film also received a nomination for Original Song, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Costume Design.

The film and role for Bassett certainly made waves, as earlier this month she also became the first actor from a Marvel film to win a Golden Globe, again as best supporting actress.

In our 7/10 review of the film, IGN said: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is at its most effective when paying tribute to its fallen king, and strong performances from the returning cast keep it afloat through its occasionally choppy plot.”

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer and acting UK news editor. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.

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