We should all know the iconic Angela Bassett. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images And if you watched the BAFTAs or have been on the internet at all anytime in the last month, you should know about Ariana DeBose's almost equally iconic performance.
If for some reason this performance hasn't been permanently seared into your memory, Grammy-winner Ariana DeBose performed the opening number at the 2023 BAFTA Awards and went viral for her camp performance.
Stuart Wilson/BAFTA / Getty Images for BAFTA / Via Getty Images DeBose's rap name-dropped a bunch of actors in attendance, but there was one line that had everyone in a chokehold So to commemorate this performance in pop culture history, here are seven times Angela Bassett did ~the thing.~ Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images for BET / Via Wire Image 1. When she played the perfect Tina Turner in What's Love Got To Do With It?.
Described as being the most challenging role of her career, Angela Bassett's portrayal of Tina Turner in the 1993 biopic earned her multiple awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama.
Disney 2. When she graduated from Yale with a B.A. in African-American Studies in 1980, then later got a Master of Fine Arts from Yale in 1983.
Oh yeah, and Angela Bassett also has three honorary doctorates from Yale, Morehouse College, and Old Dominion University. Talk about being the queen of the girl bosses.
Marcus Ingram / Getty Images 3. When she founded Bassett Vance Productions to emphasize and give light to Black stories.
In 2020, Angela Bassett and her husband, Courtney B. Vance, created Bassett Vance Productions to find and develop stories emphasizing BIPOC stories and voices. The company is partnered with ViacomCBS and is still actively growing and evolving!
MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty Images 4. When she gave a breathtaking performance as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
I'm literally still not over Angela Bassett's performance, so, no, I will not be expanding. Let's just say she's the first actor to be nominated for an Oscar for a Marvel movie role. This performance is
the thing Ariana DeBose was referring to in her song. Marvel Studios/Disney 5. Okay, fine, I'll expand a little bit. Whenever Angela Bassett was onscreen in Black Panther, it was a major serve
Name a more powerful Marvel matriarch. You can't.
Marvel Studios/Disney, Marvel Studios 6. When Keke Palmer and Angela Bassett gave us an Akeelah and the Bee reunion.
C-R-Y-I-N-G. I could watch hours of them talking, or even a sequel...
Vanity Fair / Via youtube.com 7. And when she reached out to Ariana DeBose after the BAFTAs to make sure she was okay.
Angela Basset told
Variety that she messaged DeBose after all the attention her BAFTA performance was getting to make sure she was doing okay. Just queens supporting queens. Joe Maher/BAFTA / Getty Images for BAFTA Keep doing ~the thing,~ Angela! Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic via Getty Images