Regina King: “God Is Always Leaning In My Direction”
“To be standing here, representing one of the greatest artists of our time, James Baldwin, it’s a little surreal,” she said in her Oscar speech. “James Baldwin birthed this baby, Barry you nurtured her, you surrounded her with so much love and support and so it’s appropriate for me to be standing here because I’m an example of when support and love is poured into someone.”
King picked up a few other awards on her journey towards the Oscars’ win including the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award. King also took home an Emmy Award last September for her role in the Netflix mini-series Seven Seconds.
“I’m gonna have a tequila in there. Yeah, I’m going with what does me well. Wow,” she shared in a video shared by Variety, as she watched the process unfold.
Her first-ever Oscar win and nomination was for her moving role in as a mother helping her pregnant young daughter fight the justice system and get her innocent boyfriend out of prison. Audiences and critics alike shared their love for the heartfelt film and many agreed the entire cast was breathtaking.
During her acceptance speech, King thanked her director, Barry Jenkins, as well as late author James Baldwin, who wrote the book If Beale Street Could Talk in the 1960s.
During a particularly emotional point in the speech, the actress began to cry while thanking her mother, Gloria King, whom she…