Of all the categories at the 95th Academy Awards, the tightest race was arguably Best Supporting Actress, which seemed to be a neck and neck and neck race between Black Panther: Wakanda Forever's Angela Bassett and Everything Everywhere All At Once's Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu.
Curtis ended up taking home the Oscar, one of the film's six wins of the evening.
The audience was ecstatic to see the venerable 64-year-old Curtis take home her first Academy Award on her first nomination and ate up her heartfelt acceptance speech.
But Bassett—also 64-years-old—was likewise viewed as overdue for a win with just her second nomination during her illustrious career. In 1994 Bassett was nominated for Best Actress for the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It but the Oscar went to Holly Hunter.
People felt Bassett seemed disappointed.
Bassett's fans took to Twitter to express ttheir own disappointment.
Bassett's Black Panther co-star Michael B. Jordan and his Creed III co-star Jonathan Majors took the opportunity to comfort their queen.
Upon taking the stage to present the award for Best Cinematography, the duo subtly and touchingly showed their support for Bassett.
You can see their comments below:
Jordan called out to Bassett saying:
Majors chimed in saying:
"We love you."
The sweet and simple words elicited cheers from the audience as well as an abundant amount of support on Twitter.
Bassett's 1994 loss to Holly Hunter in The Piano, sparked similar disappointment among her fans.
A win would have made her the first Black woman to take home the Best Actress Oscar, a distinction eventually won by Halle Berry in 2002 for Monster's Ball.
Bassett told Gayle King during a recent appearance on CBS Mornings, she felt anything but “robbed" in 1994.
You can see the interview here:
"Of course, in the moment, you’re hoping and praying and wishing ... but I don’t walk away thinking I’ve been robbed.”
“That’s too negative of an emotion to carry with me for the rest of my life."
No doubt Bassett will carry that positive mindset with her, especially knowing the support she has from Jordan, Majors and her legion of fans.