Angela Bassett is paying tribute to her late Black Panther co-star Chadwick Boseman at the 2023 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Speaking on the red carpet, the 64-year-old actress said that honouring Boseman and the Marvel film was “a great deal” to her. This is especially since Black Panther was nominated for outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a motion picture.
Bassett spoke about representing Black women in awards season. She was nominated for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role during the ceremony.
“It feels tremendous and just so satisfying,” she shared. “I’m really appreciative, humbled and grateful.”
During her speech, Angela Bassett mentioned Boseman, saying,
“We were surrounded each and every day by the light and spirit of Chadwick Boseman. We have joy in knowing that with this historic Black Panther series, it is a part of his legacy that he helped to lead us to.”
She also expressed her gratitude to Marvel fans and thanked them for embracing the character and showing love. “We just made history with this nomination and this award. It belongs to all of us,” she said.
Angela Bassett reflected on Black Panther’s previous win in 2019 for best ensemble cast with the SAG Awards, which was “thrilling” for the cast. “We were, of course, led by Chadwick who was there with us in our presence that day,” she said.
The actress ended her speech by acknowledging the power of Black United Leadership both behind and in front of the camera.