Angela Bassett, Queen Ramonda herself, received the Montecito Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. “Ms. Bassett has had an illustrious career as an actor, director, and producer, and in Wakanda Forever [her latest film in the Marvel Black Panther universe] reminds us why she’s so greatly revered.  She’s regal, fierce, and commanding as Queen Ramonda. We bow down,” stated SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, who led the evening’s discussion with Bassett. 

Ryan Coogler, director of Black Panther and Wakanda Forever, presented Bassett with the award onstage as he spoke about the impact she and her movies have had on him throughout his life.

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