The viral clip featured Bassett gripping the actor’s hand as he anxiously sat through his name called among nominees for Best Actor in a Lead Role.
Twitter user @NadineBabu shared a gif of the heartfelt moment.
Angela Bassett holding Austin Butler’s hand while he’s nervous…is exactly the kind of woman I imagined she was 💕. pic.twitter.com/IPnYniCCux— Nadine Babu (@NadineBabu) March 13, 2023
“Angela Bassett holding Austin Butler’s hand while he’s nervous…is exactly the kind of woman I imagined she was.”
This was the 31-year-old actor’s first time attending the awards. Butler would lose the award to Brendan Fraser for his role in The Whale, but having the icon help him through the moment certainly softened the blow.
Bassett was a nominee in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category for her role as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. She ultimately lost to Jamie Lee Curtis, who won for her part in Everything Everywhere All At Once.
As the award show progressed, social media struggled to cope with Bassett losing the award. Her initial somber emotion during the announcement didn’t help.
Butler’s award category was later in the show. When viewers saw how Bassett supported Butler despite her upset, it confirmed why she is everyone’s favorite.
More viewers shared their reaction to the 61-year-old actress proving her role as a queen was very fitting.
Aw. Was that Angela Basset holding on to Austin Butler's hand. 👍
— Jerold Chinn 陳景深 (@Jerold_Chinn) March 13, 2023
Ahh, I didn’t see this. He was phenomenal. Now they both know how it feels to throw yourself into an iconic role, kill it …and then lose the Oscar. But I can’t not love Brendan Fraser. Who knows, maybe he was a little relieved.
— Texile Orozco65 (@TexileOrozco65) March 13, 2023
I loved this moment. She is everyone’s Auntie 💖 She’s forever loved even more
— Michelle Jakubiak (@shellyjpink) March 13, 2023
Austin Butler holding Angela Basset’s hands for support 🥺
— Quartz Jones (@QuartzJones) March 13, 2023
Although the moment had some viewers in their feelings, some were vocal about their displeasure toward both actors being snubbed.
Angela Basset and Austin Butler were robbed at the Oscars idk
— em (taylor’s version)🌛 (@lovingemwasred) March 13, 2023