Angela Bassett was not victorious as Queen Ramonda from the “Black Panther” franchise at Sunday’s 95th Academy Awards.
Bassett was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, but the award went to Jamie Lee Curtis for her portrayal of Deirdre Beaubeirdre in the critically acclaimed, Academy Award-winning Best Picture, Everything Everywhere All at Once.
During the event, cameras focused on the five nominees as hosts Ariana DeBose and Troy Kotsur announced Curtis’ name, much to his surprise. “Oh, shut up,” he could say.
The cameras didn’t immediately cut to the losing candidates; Hong Chau, Kerry Condon, Stephanie Hsu and Bassett, didn’t look thrilled.
Angela Bassett was disappointed when she lost the Best Supporting Actress award to Jamie Lee Curtis. (ABC)
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Social media users were quick to note that Bassett didn’t clap or smile after Curtis was announced the winner, criticizing the actor for being a “sore loser”.
One user wrote on Twitter: “Angela Bassett is an amazing actress, but a sore loser… It would be great to see women supporting each other, even in the face of despair (especially during women’s history month).”
Jamie Lee Curtis was surprised when she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. (ABC)
Another user was more critical, writing, “Angela Bassett is a sore loser, I’m not a fan of hers anymore! I’m actually glad Jamie Lee Curtis won, now knowing Angela Bassett got this hateful backlash! #Oscars.”
Although he lost, Bassett made history as the first actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for a Marvel film.
Shortly after Curtis won, Bassett’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” star Michael B. Jordan and “Ant-Man” star Jonathan Majors took the stage to present the best picture award.
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Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors extended their support to Angela Bassett after she lost to Jamie Lee Curtis. (Kevin Winter)
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“Hey auntie,” Jordan said lovingly to Bassett in a show of support. The 64-year-old actor was seated in the front row at the show.
“We love you,” Majors added.
Many people also came to Bassett’s defense on social media, with one person sharing on Twitter: “I can’t believe people are so upset because Angela Bassett didn’t immediately celebrate her loss. Didn’t even give her a chance to process. Disappointing. Instantly she expected him to be a ‘You girl’ type, and he turned her down. Good for her.”
Another user chose to applaud Bassett’s writing: “Good for Angela Bassett for not smiling or clapping. Hope black women are not only extraordinary but happy for others who get the accolades we deserve over and over again.”
Angela Bassett stunned at the Oscars in a purple Moschino dress. (Kevin Mazur/Mike Coppola)
Another person interpreted the viral backlash differently, saying: “I really think Angela Bassett was shocked when she didn’t hear her name called. But I don’t think she was being a sore loser or bitter about Jamie Lee Curtis winning. So I hope people that he’s going to stop attacking these super talented actors.”
This awards season, both women have been given awards.
Bassett took home the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actress, while Curtis won the Screen Actors Guild Award.
Jamie Lee Curtis proudly kisses her Oscar. (Rodin Eckenroth)
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Neither a representative for Bassett nor Curtis immediately responded to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Caroline Thayer is an entertainment writer for Fox News Digital. Follow Caroline Thayer on Twitter at @carolinejthayer.