Angela Bassett looked devastated when she lost out to win a 2023 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress – with the star's reaction going viral when Jamie Lee Curtis was announced the winner.
Angela, 64, the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star, looked disappointed when her name wasn't called. Instead an overjoyed Curtis, also 64, screamed with happiness when she won her first-ever Oscar for Everything Everywhere All at Once.
The Golden Globe winner's fellow nominees Hong Chau, 43, Kerry Condon, 40, and Stephanie Hsu, 32, were seen applauding Curtis on her win, however Angela didn't appear too impressed with her reaction quickly spreading on social media.
One fan wrote on Twitter: "Bassett is a fantastic actress. A shame she didn’t continue performing tonight and applaud when Jamie Lee won.
"Everyone wants to win. However most won’t. That’s life. And sore loser is never a good look."
"Angela Bassett’s face when Jamie Lee Curtis won Oh My God," another shared.
A fourth went on to say: "Angela Bassett is an amazing actress, but the sore loser vibe… It would be great to see women supporting each other, even in the face of disappointment (esp. during women’s history month)."
But many felt Angela deserved the award, with one fan writing: "Angela Bassett was absolutely stunning in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. That performance was worthy of an Oscar, and incredibly worthy of being the first MCU performance to win an Oscar."
"Angela Bassett deserves that #oscar," another said, while someone agreed by writing: "Angela Bassett is such a legend and incredible actor."
Curtis won the award for her portrayal of Deirdre Beaubeirdre in Everything Everywhere All At Once, which also stars winners Michelle Yeoh, 60, and Ke Huy Quan, 51.
As she won her first ever award, the actress acknowledged her parents, and fellow actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, in her speech as well as directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
"I know it looks like I am standing up here by myself, but I am not. I am hundreds of people," Curtis began to say.
"My bae Michelle (Yeoh), Ke (Huy Quan), Stephanie (Hsu) – the entire group of artists who made this movie – we just won an Oscar."
She went on to thank fans who have supported her throughout her decades-long career, declaring: "To all of the people who have supported the genre movies that I have made for all of these years, the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people, we just won an Oscar together."
And giving her mum Janet a shout-out on stage, Curtis added: “My mum is 84 years old and she’s at home watching. Mum, I just won an Oscar!”
Ke Huy Quan and Michelle Yeoh also won Oscars for the film, leaving the Oscars audience and viewers at home in floods of tears with his winner's speech.
Producer Jonathan Wang said: "This award is ours [and] it's intimidating speaking up here let me just tell you that.
“I never thought I would get to say this so let me say this with one voice, thank you to the Academy.”
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