9. Angela Bassett in Black Nativity
Release Year: 2013
Directed By: Kasi Lemmons
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jacob Latimore, Mary J. Blige, Nasir Jones, Jennifer Hudson
Across the expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe, we have been spoiled rotten with excellent performances by some of the most legendary screen stars of all time. The popularity and critical acclaim of these movies has been able to lure in truly iconic onscreen talents by the likes of Angela Bassett, who appeared in Black Panther as Queen Ramonda of Wakanda. Who doesn’t love watching Angela Bassett perform, fully in her power, whether it’s a Marvel movie, Fox’s 9-1-1, or a holiday movie perfect to watch each year around Christmas? The answer’s clear in Black Nativity.
The holiday musical-drama centers on troubled Baltimore teenager Langston (Jacob Latimore), who travels to New York City to spend the holidays with his estranged grandparents after his single mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson), gets evicted from their apartment.
Aretha (Bassett) and Rev. Cornell (Forest Whitaker) have strict rules, which Langston naturally rebels against. When he tries to return to his mother, Langston learns the importance of faith, family, and how the two have the power to heal. Black Nativity, while not a smash with critics or at the box office, is an inspiration holiday must-watch featuring an incredible performance from a true Marvel queen.