Regina King dedicates Oscar win to mom and glorifies God
Regina King, who brought her mother as her date to the ceremony, picked up the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Barry Jenkins’s James Baldwin adaptation "If Beale Street Could Talk."
During her emotional acceptance speech, King said she was "an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone."
"Mom, I love you so much," she said through tears. "Thank you for teaching me that God has always been leaning in my direction."
King, who has won three Emmy awards, also thanked author James Baldwin, whose novel is the basis for the film from director Barry Jenkins.
"To be standing here representing one of the greatest artists of all time — James Baldwin. James Baldwin bursts this baby and Barry nurtured her, surrounding her with so much love and support. So it's appropriate to be standing here because I am an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone," King said.
"God is good, all the time,” she concluded.
She later told reporters that the win felt like “one of those full-circle moments,” as her character in the film was inspired by her mother and grandmother.
“It goes by so fast, and you want to thank so many people, and your mind just goes blank,” she said. “My mom was like the lighthouse right there.”