Honorary Howard University grad and two-time nominee Angela Bassett will finally take home an Oscar at the 2023 Governors Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced Monday.
The Honorary Award is “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or outstanding service to the Academy.”
Bassett received her first Oscar nomination for best actress for her remarkable performance as Tina Turner in 1993’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” At this year’s ceremony, she made history as the first actor from a Marvel Studios film and the first woman from a superhero movie, to receive acting recognition when she was nominated for best supporting actress for her powerful performance as Queen Ramonda in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
“Across her decades-long career, Angela Bassett has continued to deliver transcendent performances that set new standards in acting,” said Academy President Janet Yang in Monday’s news release.
Filmmaker Mel Brooks and editor Carol Littleton will also receive honorary Oscars at this year’s Governors Awards. Sundance Institute exec Michelle Statter is set to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
The 2023 Governors Awards will be held in Los Angeles on November 18.