KEY POINTS

  • Chadwick Boseman received a posthumous Golden Globe nomination for his performance in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
  • Angela Bassett said she is looking forward to remembering and recalling "his brilliance and his spirit"
  • She called him an "incredible individual, man, professional and artist"

Angela Bassett is happy about late "Black Panther" co-star Chadwick Boseman's posthumous Golden Globe nomination. She said it's nice to remember and recall the late actor's "brilliance and spirit."

Boseman, who died in August 2020 after a quiet battle with colon cancer, was nominated for best actor in a motion picture - drama for his performance in Netflix's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." This was his first Golden Globe nomination, and he also picked up four Screen Actors Guild Awards nods this year.

"I know my heart, my son, Chadwick is up for an award, so I'm looking forward to seeing his face pop up on the screen there," Bassett told Entertainment Tonight prior to the commencement of the ceremony Sunday.

"Who knows what will happen, but it's nice to remember and recall his brilliance and his spirit. So I'm looking forward to that, and really to just celebrate all of my colleagues, and do so safely," added the actress, who played Boseman's character T'Challa's mother in "Black Panther."

Bassett still misses Boseman, who passed away at the age of 43. "It's a sweet spirit. It's a sweet feeling in my heart. We miss him terribly, but he was an individual and the work he did is worthy of remembering. So, I'm glad we're doing the most beautiful and righteous thing in doing so," she shared.

Bassett was a presenter at this year's awards ceremony. She went on to describe him as "an incredible human being."

"His spirit still lives on. His work still remains with us. And he was an incredible individual, man, professional, artist—all of it," she told E! News' Giuliana Rancic.

In January, Bassett shared her thoughts on the news that Boseman would not be recast or digitally recreated in the upcoming sequel to Marvel's "Black Panther," in which he played T'Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther, the king of the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda.

Disney had announced that the second film will shift its focus to other aspects of the world in which the characters live.

"That's interesting. Well I had not thought about that idea, but of course it is Wakanda and they are, in terms of technology, they are so far ahead of the rest of the world that they would be able to bring some of that," Bassett told Entertainment Tonight.

"It's a tremendous loss but [President of Marvel Studios] Kevin [Feige] and the Marvel universe and Ryan [Coogler], the director, the writer from before, they are committed to telling [a story] and equally as much as we can, equally planned. So we are looking forward to that. Looking forward to what they come up with," she added.

Bassett added that people involved in the superhero film "have to do a major pivot and they are still working on that now because none of us knew anything."

"Our brother held it really close, really close to the chest," she said, referring to Boseman's unknown health struggles.

"But his legacy, his loss, the love and appreciation that we have for who he was and what he shared with us cannot be [replaced]… It is missed and appreciated and cannot be duplicated. It's a tremendous honor and, yes, he is completely irreplaceable," she added.

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Angela Bassett attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images
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