Regina King took home the Oscar for Actress In A Supporting Role at the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday for her performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
“To be standing here representing one of the greatest artists of all time ― James Baldwin ― is a little surreal,” she said in her acceptance speech. “I’m an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone.”
Based on the 1974 novel by James Baldwin, “If Beale Street Could Talk” was a critical hit upon its release in December but was largely overlooked during awards season.
One exception was King’s portrayal of Sharon Rivers, a driven mother determined to free her daughter’s boyfriend from prison. She took home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for the role, which she said was inspired by her own mother and grandmother, in January.
“Everyone loves her because Regina has played so many wide-ranging, diverse characters in her work,” director Barry Jenkins said. “She’s brought this full humanity to all of them.”
This is King’s first Academy Award nomination and her first win.