Angela Bassett is the first Marvel actress to be nominated for an Oscar

Marvel film has been nominated for many Academy Awards, including Best Picture. But no actor has ever received a nomination for their work in a Marvel Studios production — until today.

When this year’s Oscar nominations were announced this morning, Angela Bassett was named among the nominees for best supporting actress for her work in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. This makes her the first actor to be nominated for a performance in one Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.

Her competition in the Best Supporting Actress category: Hong Chau for The whaleKerry Condon from Banshees of Inisherinand Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu for Everything everywhere at once. At first glance, it looks like she has a very good chance of winning. Bassett has already won this year’s Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for her Wakanda forever performance. (Note that the Globes and Oscars are decided by two completely different voting bodies, and the field of nominees was slightly different; the Globes nominated Dolly de Leon from Triangle of Triangles and Carey Mulligan from She said instead of Stephanie Hsu and Hong Chau.)

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever received a total of five Academy Award nominations; it was also cited for Best Costume Design, Best Original Song, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Visual Effects. While the film did well, the original Black Panther did even better back in 2018. That film was nominated for seven awards, including Best Picture. It ultimately won three awards: Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design. None of Marvel’s other 2022 productions were nominated by the Academy.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be available to stream on Disney+ on February 1st. The Academy Awards will be announced live on ABC on Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m. ET. This year’s show will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

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