Regina King just bagged her first Oscar and it sure feels so good. King won the award for best actress in a supporting role for her performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk” at the 91st Academy Awards which held on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
The 48-year-old actress beat Marina de Tavira from “Roma,” Amy Adams from “Vice” and Emma Stone from “The Favourite” to win the award.
During her acceptance speech, King praised the late James Baldwin, author of the 1974 novel the movie is based on.
King thanked her director Barry Jenkins and James Baldwin, who wrote the book If Beale Street Could Talk in the 1960s.
“To be standing here, representing one of the greatest artists of our time, James Baldwin, it’s a little surreal,” she said. “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.”
She began to cry as she thanked her mother, Gloria King, whom she brought as her date to the award show.
“Mom, I love you so much. Thank you for teaching me that God is always leaning, always has been leaning in my direction,” the star said.
King also thanked the cast and crew of “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
Of her fellow nominees, she said,
“It has been an honor to have my name just said with yours. This whole step of the way, it’s been pretty amazing.”
“God is good all the time,” she said, concluded her acceptance speech.