SZA has spoken out in support of Angela Bassett, whose history of being snubbed at the Oscars continued on Sunday (March 12).
SZA’s tweet — which read: “Realizing Angela Basset [sic] doesn’t already have an Oscar make me wanna knock shit over” — was actually tweeted out prior to the 2023 Oscars.
However, Bassett still went home empty-handed on Sunday despite being nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The acclaimed actress was previously nominated for Best Actress at the 1993 Oscars for her portrayal of Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It, but lost out to The Piano‘s Holly Hunter.
Realizing Angela Basset doesn’t already have an Oscar make me wanna knock shit over
— SZA (@sza) March 12, 2023
Bassett’s latest Oscars loss was to Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred in the dominant Everything Everywhere All At Once. Bassett’s disappointment was visible as the winner was announced, and her reaction went viral on social media.
However, SZA wasn’t the only one who showed love to Angela Bassett. Creed III stars Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors also saluted the 64-year-old on the Oscars stage shortly after her defeat.
“Hey Auntie, we love you,” Majors said to Bassett in the crowd while presenting the award for Best Cinematography, to which Jordan nodded in agreement.
Angela Bassett’s reaction to Jamie Lee Curtis’ name being called…you can tell how much that Oscar would have meant to her. she is, was, and always will be incredible. I better see her on that stage SOON pic.twitter.com/oHDfuDUksG
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) March 13, 2023
Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors give a shoutout to Angela Bassett: "Hey Auntie, we love you." #Oscarspic.twitter.com/xIQlVq8AOZ
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 13, 2023
The 2023 Oscars were filled with plenty of memorable moments, including a powerful performance of “Lift Me Up” by Rihanna, marking her second major show in just over a month following her Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show in February.
Despite leaving the awards ceremony empty-handed, a pregnant RiRi was honored with a standing ovation from the audience after her performance. Her boyfriend A$AP Rocky was seen smiling from ear to ear while raising a glass of champagne and toasting to his talented partner.
The couple, who welcomed a son in May 2022, are expecting their second child together.
Dedicated to the late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer aged 43 in August 2020, “Lift Me Up” was nominated for Best Original Song, marking Rihanna’s first Oscar nomination.
However, the song lost out to M. M. Keeravani, Chandrabose, Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava’s “Naatu Naatu,” from the Indian film RRR.
As for SZA, she is currently in the midst of her SOS Tour, and most recently brought out Cardi B and Phoebe Bridgers to perform alongside her at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.