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Angela Bassett Reveals The Movie Offers Stopped Rolling In For 18 Months After Her First Oscar Nomination
By Marsha Badger,
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The world is still up in arms over Angela Bassett’s Oscar snub during Sunday night’s Academy Awards show. And while we’re not surprised by the oversight – how could we be? we did just witness Beyoncé’s snub at the Grammys – the sting doesn’t hurt any less.
In a resurfaced Vanity Fair conversation between Bassett and Keke Palmer, the iconic actress reveals that she didn’t receive any movie offers for 18 months after her first Oscar nomination.
“There were 18 months, a year and a half where when I didn’t work, you know?” Bassett said.
“And was it cause you were turning a lot of things down?” Palmer asked.
“No!” she replied. “There was no material. There was nothing offered. And now I guess maybe you’re in this position where you’ve been nominated for an Oscar, you’re a lead in this picture. What do you do then? But you can’t trick yourself into thinking I’ve got to be the lead in every situation. You can’t do that,” she continued.
As the conversation continues, both Bassett and Palmer agree they prefer to do work that “moves” them, and have pivoted to explore other options like VoiceOvers, animations and documentaries.
“And you just keep working,” Bassett advised.
The Wakanda Forever actress received her first Oscar nomination in 1993 for her role as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It . Back then, Black actresses received the shorter end of the stick, and honestly, they still do. But our ability to create our own lanes, with our own capital, has changed. Not receiving offers for 18 months is shocking, but Bassett’s career has flourished so much since then, and she is likely turning down opportunities.
Her ability to pivot during the drought is a lesson on creating opportunities for yourself, despite your career accolades.