Oscars 2019: Regina King Wins First Award of the Night, Her First Ever!

Congratulations to Regina King!

The actress has just won the first award of the night at the Oscars 2019 event, for best supporting actress for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk. And this comes weeks after she picked up every statuette, including various critics’ choice awards, the Golden Globe, and an Independent Spirit Award.

“To be standing here representing one of the greatest artists of our time, James Baldwin—it’s a little surreal,” she said during her acceptance speech, per Vanity Fair. “James Baldwin birthed this baby, and Barry, you nurtured her. You surrounded her with so much love and support.”

King beat the likes of Emma Stone (The Favourite), Rachel Weisz (The Favourite), Marina de Tavira (Roma), and Amy Adams (Vice). And she dedicated part of her speech to those actresses, naming each one of them and saying it “has been an honor to have my name be said with yours” over the course of this competitive season.

King also thanked co-stars, including Colman Domingo and KiKi Layne, as well as Annapurna, and her mother, who was her date for the night.

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