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Dec082015

Christian actress Angela Bassett Says ‘God Is Good!’ After Earning NAACP Nomination

GETTYArticle By Charlie Henson // EEW Magazine Entertainment Reporter

A gifted and revered thespian reacts to news that her small screen performance is being recognized this award season.

Share Christian actress Angela Bassett is giving God praise for her latest recognition.

The FX “American Horror Story: Hotel” star has earned an NAACP award nomination for “Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.”

“Today is a blessed day!” tweeted the 57-year-old Golden Globe Award winner. “Just found out I was nominated,” she shared with her more than 250,000 Twitter followers, adding, “God is Good!”

The 47th NAACP Image Awards were announced today during a press conference from The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA. 

"American Horror Story" is a Ryan Murphy-created anthology series and this is Bassett's third turn.

She first starred as Desiree Dupree in the fourth installment, “Freak Show,” as Marie Laveau in the third installment “Coven,” and then joined the fifth round, "Hotel," as Ramona Royale.

She was nominated for an Emmy for her work in “Coven.”

Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: HotelThe hedonistic Countess Bassett plays on the show does whatever pleasures her and has no filter—a total departure from who she is in real life.

The outspoken believer and 30-year industry veteran, whose great grandfather was a pastor, grew up with strong faith influences.

“My mother had us in Sunday school and choir,” Bassett told Parade Magazine. She also went to Bible study with her grandmother, giving her an early faith foundation.

“Love of God makes so much sense to me when other things don’t. Life is so beautiful and complex, that it doesn’t make sense to me that it was just an explosion. It’s my belief system,” she continued.

The phenomenal talent, whose unforgettable portrayal of rock star Tina Turner in the 1993 film, What's Love Got to Do With It, got her an Oscar nomination, in addition to the aforementioned Golden Globe win, says, though she enjoys her success, she is not enslaved by it.

“Everyone is going to serve something and that can become the center of their existence. Mine is love of God and faith, as opposed to fame and money,” explained the wife of Church of God In Christ minister and actor Courtney B. Vance, and a mother of two.

She added, “All those things are nice, but not if you serve them. They have the potential to devour.”

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