Angela Bassett Wins 1st Oscar, Kisses Regina King In Celebration

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Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' 14th Annual Governors Awards
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Regina King presents an honorary Oscar to Angela Bassett onstage during the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' 14th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom on January 09, 2024 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Angela Bassett took home an honorary Oscar on Tuesday night.

Angela Bassett kissed Regina King on stage during the 14th Annual Governor’s Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood on Tuesday after winning her first Oscar. King reflected on the first time she met Angela during her introductory speech for the actress. The two appeared on screen together in Boyz N The Hood and How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

“So many times I’ve heard people say that Angela is the very embodiment of Black excellence—but let me correct that,” King said, as noted by Essence. “She has a perspective and a voice, and beauty, that is unapologetically Black. But what she embodies at her core, is beyond anything that is skin deep. She is artistic excellence, embodied in human form.”

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Angela Bassett & Regina King At The Governors Awards

US actress and Academy Honorary Award recipient Angela Bassett greets before kissing US actress Regina King during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 14th Annual Governors Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles on January 9, 2024. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

As Bassett took the stage, she embraced King and gave her a kiss on the lips. "This honor isn’t just for or about me,” Bassett said. “What I hope this moment means is that we are taking the necessary steps toward a future in which it is the norm, not the exception, to see and embrace one another’s full humanity, stories and perspectives. This must be our goal, and to always remember that there is room for us all.” She finished her speech by referencing the legendary poet Maya Angelou. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel," she said. Check out her full acceptance speech below.

Angela Bassett Wins First Oscar

Other winners from Tuesday night include Mel Brooks and Carol Littleton as well as Michelle Satter. Be on the lookout for further updates on Angela Bassett on HotNewHipHop.

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