Marvel’s first major award at the Golden Globes
By Kieran Burt.
Angela Bassett made Marvel history at the Golden Globes this year with her winning the category for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
She is the first actor to win a major individual acting award for a movie based on Marvel Comics and for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Taking to the stage, Bassett thanked her husband, fellow actor Courtney B. Vance, her family and her Marvel collaborators, Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito. Bassett also acknowledged the death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, who died of colon cancer in 2020. Boseman’s death casts a shadow over the plot of Wakanda Forever.
While Marvel might be a stranger to winning a Golden Globe, Bassett isn’t. This is the second time the actress has won the award, the first one when she took home the award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for the 1993 Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It.
Prior to this win, only four actors had been nominated for their acting in a superhero movie, and only two of those four winning. Nominees were Ryan Reynolds for the 2016 film Deadpool (Best Actor in Musical or Comedy), and Jack Nicolson for the 1989 Batman (Best Actor in Musical or Comedy). The two winners were for actors who played different versions of the DC villain the Joker, with Heath Ledger posthumous win for The Dark Knight (Supporting Actor) and Joaquin Phoenix for the 2019 film Joker (Best Actor in Drama).
In other sci-fi properties, Michelle Yeoh won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a musical or comedy film for her performance as Evelyn in the A24 multiverse film Everything Everywhere All At Once.
Her co-star, Ke Huy Quan, won the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance as Evelyn’s husband, Waymond.
Star Wars actor Diego Luna did not win the Golden Globe for the Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama. This year’s award for that category went to Kevin Costner for his performance in Yellowstone.
The actor made Star Wars history when he became the second person in the franchise to be nominated for a Golden Globe.