Angela Bassette won the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Athena Grant in 9-1-1 Saturday evening (February 26).
Presented by quest love at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Bassett was announced the winner and gave a very kind acceptance speech.
“Thank you NAACP for your support tonight and my entire career,” she said. “I really want to thank my fellow nominees whose work is always nuanced, beautiful and inspiring.”
Bassett also thanked the creators of the 9-1-1 show. Ryan MurphyBrad Falchukand Tim Minear who she says “steers” the show’s ship. Additionally, she praised her castmates who she said “worked and gave their all to make a number 1 show,” as well as her own family.
“I’m so blessed and so lucky that we have this collaboration and respect with each other, whether in the writer’s room or on camera,” Bassett said as the series’ executive producer afterward. his victory. “It means the world. They take everything I bring and take it seriously. They are right there with me and behind me.
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Bassett was also asked if she could speak to her younger self about the advice she would give.
“It’s going to be tough, but as long as you’re passionate, have good intentions and have a good heart, you’ll be fine, just do it with all your heart,” she said.
When asked what it means to be a black person of excellence, Bassett said, “It means, my mom, my hometown, my community, they poured into me, it means the love I have for the job, it’s always there, others are watching, paying attention, taking notes, it’s not just the job, it’s who you are as a human being, we all come forward with compassion and love. Work hard, be nice, you don’t know who’s watching.
Bassett faced Dawn-Lyen Gardner (sugar queen), Octavia Spencer (The truth must be told), Queen Latifah (The equalizer), and Rutine Wesley (sugar queen).
This is Angela Bassett’s eleventh NAACP Image Award win. Previously, she won for her roles in Malcolm X, What’s Love Got To Do With It, ER, Black Nativity, and also for the same role in 9-1-1 awards from last year, and more. She has been nominated 23 times in total.