After Angela Bassett portrayed Tina Turner in the massive success, What’s Love Got To Do With It, many fans criticized the Academy for not giving her an award, which they thought she deserved. Angela hasn’t talked about being snubbed at the ceremony that year, until now.
The actress made an appearance on Andy Cohen’s show on Bravo, Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, and the host read a comment from a man who stated she should’ve won an Oscar for that performance. The anonymous person asked her if she felt as though they stole it away from her.
Holly Hunter took home the award that year for Best Actress for her performance in the movie, The Piano. Angela said she felt robbed.
Bassett said, “Yeah, me too,” and Cohen stated, “Good, I agree.” Many of her admirers, as well as fans of the movie, think that she didn’t win the Oscar because she’s a black woman.
Either way, the movie has still gone down in history as one of the greats, even becoming a cult classic of sorts. For further background, Bassett auditioned for the role back in 1992 and got the call only four weeks before production started.
During that incredibly short amount of time, Angela had to learn how to dance, talk, and move just like Tina Turner. It was a tremendous task for her to undertake, especially on short notice.
In a previous interview, Bassett said she wanted to sing in the movie too but just didn’t have enough time to nail Tina’s voice. Instead of performing the songs on her own, Tina lip-synced to the tracks as did Laurence Fishburne.
Moreover, Laurence Fishburne turned down the role as Ike Turner many times. The Matrix alum stated that he felt the script wasn’t whole; as if there wasn’t an explanation for why Ike was the way he was.