- Jamie Lee Curtis won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for “Everything and Everywhere at Once.”
- But the Oscar should have gone to another deserving nominee: Angela Bassett.
- Curtis is a talented actress, but her role in “Everything Everywhere at Once” wasn’t Oscar-worthy.
When Jamie Lee Curtis was announced as Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards for her performance in “Everything is Everywhere at the Same Time,” an ambitious, multi-jump thriller, instead of looking at Curtis, who was shocked and delighted at the screen TV, I looked up Bassett’s face. The actor, who received the same award, looked physically sore, and unlike other nominees who were either genuinely happy for Curtis — or at least faked it — she didn’t bother applauding.
For a party shrouded in cheer, smiles, and enthusiastic applause, it was perhaps the most Amen The Three and a Half Hour TV Moment: The frontrunner who was so disappointed to have lost and wasn’t afraid to show it.
There were more deserving nominees in the Best Supporting Actress category, for sure. Stephanie Hsu, who also starred in Everything Everywhere at Once, got more screen time and explored a broader emotional spectrum in her dual roles as Joy Wang, the daughter of Michelle Yeoh’s character, and the powerful nihilist villain Gobo Tobaki; Hong Chau’s pain and distress in “The Whale” was almost palpable as her character Liz watched helplessly while Brendan Fraser’s character died of congestive heart failure.
But it was Bassett, for her powerful performance as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, who seemed destined to win. What the film lacks due to the death of Chadwick Boseman, it makes up for in the character of Bassett, who ruled Wakanda in his character’s place.
Bassett had already made history by receiving her first Marvel acting nomination, and also won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. She will surely make history again for winning an Academy Award, right?
Curtis, who has been acting for the past 46 years, is a talented actress in her own right: one of the greatest scream queens of all time who can make people laugh and howl in movies like “True Lies” and “Freaky Friday” or jump in their seats during movies ” Halloween”. Her role as disgruntled IRS tax collector Deirdre Beaubeirdre provided moments of comic relief in “Everything Everywhere at Once,” but it wasn’t Oscar-worthy — not because Curtis is a lesser actor than Bassett, but largely because the role was an inferior one.
Bassett’s reaction went viral, drawing sympathy from viewers who thought the actor was Ignoring her being a black woman – Oscars no exactly Known for their diversity – and I understood her reaction of disappointment.
“I’m glad she didn’t fake a reaction to entertain idiots who tell us how a black woman should go about Hollywood again throwing awards at white women,” wrote one Twitter user.
You can make the argument that Oscar Curtis is not Just For “everything everywhere at once” but also in appreciation of her great work. The Academy likes to, from time to time, informally acknowledge career achievement, and some competitive wins seem to be the result of asking, “How’s this guy? no won yet? Arguably, this logic applies to previous winners such as Leonardo DiCaprio, who won the Oscar for Best Actor in “The Revenant” (2016), Julianne Moore, who took home the Oscar for Best Actress in Still Alice (2015), and Christopher Plummer, who won Best Supporting Actor Award for Beginners (2012).
But applying that rule to this year’s Best Supporting Actress doesn’t hold up. Throughout her acting career, Bassett has portrayed a wide range of characters, from Katherine Jackson in the TV series “The Jacksons: An American Dream” and Bernadine in “Waiting to Exhale” to Stella in “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” She was nominated for an Academy Award in 1994 for Best Actress for her knockout performance as music icon Tina Turner in the biopic What Love Got to Do It but lost that year to Holly Hunter. (Some at the time thought the Academy had snubbed the actor.)
Surely, if anyone in this year’s Best Supporting Actress category was awarded this year for their career accomplishments, it would have to be Bassett.
Of course, at this moment you are hoping and praying and wishing [you’ll win]Bassett he told CBS Mornings last week after losing her Oscar in 1994. “But I never left it thinking I was robbed.”
Alas, this year, Angela, I was — and this time, we both know it.
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