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Angela Bassett delivers powerful speech accepting honorary Oscar
At last, Angela Bassett has won an Oscar.
At the 14th Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the cherished actress was given an honorary Academy Award for her numerous achievements to the film business.

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Film editor Carol Littleton and actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks were among the other honorees. Also honored with a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was Michelle Satter.
In her opening remarks, Bassett called out her close friends and family, mentioning her sister D’nette, her longtime partner Courtney B. Vance, and their twins, son Slater and daughter Bronwyn, who are 17 years old.

Slater On January 9, 2024, in Hollywood, California, Josiah Vance, Angela Bassett, Bronwyn Golden Vance, and Courtney B. Vance attend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ 14th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom.
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“They have each, in their own way, made space in our lives to allow me the freedom to be a sister, a mother, a wife and and actor,” she stated on their assistance. “I love you wholly and deeply.”
“The women who shower me with heavenly love,” such as her late mother Betty and aunt Golden, were also honored by Bassett.

During her address, Bassett considered the past of Black actors and actresses in Hollywood as well as the future. She mentioned that Cicely Tyson was the only other Black actress to win an honorary Academy Award in 2018.

Bassett spoke on how actress Hattie McDaniel from “Gone with the Wind” became the first Black person to win an Oscar and how Halle Berry remains the first Black actress to win best actress.

On January 9, 2024, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles, during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 14th Annual Governors Awards, actress Angela Bassett collects the Academy Honorary Award.

In addition to praising the “trailblazing” Black actresses of the past, the “9-1-1” actress celebrated the current generation of Black actresses, referring to them as “makers of history in our industry” and “beacons of possibility and hope for little Black and brown girls who aspire to one day pursue the dream of becoming an actor.”

She went on, “But this honor isn’t just for or about me.” I hope that this occasion indicates that we are moving in the right direction toward a time when accepting and seeing each other for our complete humanity, unique stories, and viewpoints will be the norm rather than the exception.

This ought to be our objective, and we must never forget that there is space for all of us. We triumph together when we stand as a unit.”
Prior to collecting her honorary Oscar, Bassett, who has been nominated for two Academy Awards over her career—first for “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and subsequently for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”—spoke with “Good Morning America” on the red carpet. She shared her thoughts about the award.

With a giggle, Bassett said on “GMA,” “I hope it doesn’t mean the end.” “Are you aware? It can’t mean that, of all the things it may imply.”
Co-star Regina King of “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and “Boyz n the Hood” Bassett accepted the award on her behalf and gave a moving statement to her close friend.

Speaking of Bassett, King declared, “Angela has lived a career for the ages, and I swear she is ageless,” referring to her as a “national treasure” and “incomparable.”

“So many times I’ve heard people say that Angela is the very embodiment of Black excellence, but let me correct that,” said King. She is proudly Black, has a unique voice, and exudes beauty, but what really makes her is something deeper than meets the eye. She is the pinnacle of artistic brilliance in human form.”

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