This year, Angela Bassett became
the first person to receive an acting nomination at the Academy Awards for a Marvel film.
Her iconic role as Queen Ramonda in Wakanda Forever is one of many. Bassett has over 100 acting credits. And while she did not win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Academy Awards; throughout her career, Bassett has won 54 awards and has 117 nominations.
Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite quotes from the beloved actress, producer, and director.
“This is a career about images. It’s celluloid; they last forever. I’m a black woman from America. My people were slaves in America, and even though we’re free on paper and in law, I’m not going to allow you to enslave me on film, in celluloid, for all to see.”
“God made a way out of no way.”
“I would have to say honestly I was very pleased to be in a film whether it was good or bad with De Niro, Norton and Brando even if I don’t have any scenes with them, I thought it was pretty good company to keep.”
“I’d tell my 20-year-old self, ‘Don’t be afraid to do it all. Whatever you’re interested in, just go for it. Don’t wait around for a better time.”
“We all have a gift; we all have a passion— it’s just about finding it and going into it. Being an asset to your family and community.”