Michael B Jordan and Jonathan Majors showed support for Angela Bassett in the aftermath of her Oscars loss.
Bassett was the presumed favourite to win Best Supporting Actress for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, with her expected victory set to come 29 years after she lost Best Actress for What’s Love Got to Do With It? in 1994.
However, early in the 2023 ceremony, Jamie Lee Curtis took home the award for Everything Everywhere All at Once which drew gasps from the crowd as well as Lee Curtis, who shouted “shut up!” after discovering the news.
Bassett looked sad by the news, which left the actor’s fans feeling emotional.
Moments later, Bassett’s Black Panther co-star Michael B Jordan arrived on stage to present an award alongside his Creed III co-star Jonathan Majors.
“Hey Auntie,” Majors said, with Jordan adding: “We love you.”
Many are praising Bassett for not “feigning excitement” after getting “snubbed”.
“They said A LOT with that one sentence,” @gogh_shawty wrote on Twitter, with @TanzApette adding: “Awww that’s taking the time to acknowledge a Queen.”
On Twitter, one person wrote that Jordan and Majors “know Angela Bassett got robbed.” Somebody else tweeted, “Michael B Jordan made sure he let it be known on his support for Angela Bassett.” A third person said, “‘Hey Auntie, We Love You’ – Michael B. Jordan to Angela Bassett and speaking for all of us on the [Oscars] stage.”
Bassett, who has not publicly addressed her Oscars snub, was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category alongside Hong Chau for The Whale, Kerry Condon for The Banshees of Inisherin, and Stephanie Hsu and Curtis for Everything Everywhere All at Once. Curtis’ win marked her first-ever Oscar, with the actress thanking her family, friends, and colleagues in her acceptance speech. Curtis tearfully said, “To all of the people who have supported the genre movies that I have made for all these years, the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people, we just won an Oscar together.”
The 2023 ceremony saw big wins for Everything Everywhere All at Once, which took home seven awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Michelle Yeoh.
Find the full list of winners here, and all the live updates from the ceremony as it happened here.