Regina King was nominated for her first Academy Award this year for her performance in Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” — and managed to snag the first Oscar of the night.
It was an emotional moment for the 48-year-old, who already has multiple Emmy awards under her belt for her roles in television.
A surprised King was escorted up the steps by actor Chris Evans, who quickly went viral on social media for his chivalrous gesture.
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During King’s acceptance speech, she paid homage James Baldwin, who wrote the 1974 novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” was adapted from. She said:
“To be standing here representing one of the greatest artist of our time, James Baldwin, is a little surreal. James Baldwin birthed this baby.”
The speech took a heartfelt turn when King said it was appropriate for her to be standing there because she’s “an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone.”
Tears streamed down the actress’ face as she looked down at her emotional mom in the crowd:
“Mom, I love you so much. Thank you for teaching me that God is leaning, always has been leaning, in my direction.”
King continued by thanking those who worked with her on the film before concluding:
“God is good, all of the time.”
Watch the speech below:
Regina King praised James Baldwin, director Barry Jenkins, and her family in the first #Oscars acceptance speech of the night.
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