The “First Lady of Black Film,” three-time Black Reel Awards winner Angela Bassett has garnered twelve Black Reel Award nominations in her illustrious career. Bassett won the Outstanding Actress Black Reel Award for Sunshine State (2002), and twice for Outstanding Television Actress for The Rosa Parks Story (2002), and Ruby’s Bucket of Blood (2001).
Bassett has received three nominations for Outstanding Actress in Mr. 3000 (2004), Sunshine State, and Boseman and Lena (2000); four nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress for Chi-Raq (2015), Jumping the Broom (2011), Akeelah and the Bee (2006), and Music of the Heart (1999).
On the television side, Bassett has received three nominations for Outstanding Television Actress for Betty and Coretta (2013), The Rosa Parks Story and Ruby’s Bucket of Blood, as well as one for Outstanding Television or Mini-Series Supporting Actress in American Horror Story: Hotel (2015). She even garnered an Outstanding Television Director nomination for her passion project, Whitney (2015).
She is best known for her biographical film roles, most notably her Academy Award-nominated performance as Tina Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993). In addition, Bassett has portrayed Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X (1992) and Panther (1995), Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story, Coretta Scott King in Betty and Coretta, Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992), and Voletta Wallace in Notorious (2009).