Regina King‘s humbling win at the 2019 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress was bigger than a first-time nomination and win for the If Beale Street Could Talk star. It was a moment of praise for the hard work that surrounded the film.
King let love trickle down from James Baldwin, Beale Street‘s original writer, to the film’s director Barry Jenkins. “To be standing here representing one of the greatest artists of our time, James Baldwin, is a little surreal.” She continued, “James Baldwin birthed this baby and Barry you nurtured her. You surrounded her with so much love and support.”
Fans and colleagues watched as King accepted this award with such honor and grace, taking to social media to express their joy for the veteran actress.
Congrats Reginaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!✨ @ReginaKing
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) February 25, 2019
Beautiful! Congratulations to Regina King and Ruth Carter on your #Oscar wins for your exceptional work in If Beale Street Could Talk and Black Panther! You both inspire me so much. Love. pic.twitter.com/3j5BY8iPA1
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) February 25, 2019
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 25, 2019
— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) February 25, 2019
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) February 25, 2019
Regina King has been giving us greatness since “227” and she deserves this Oscar and all the awards available and those yet to be invented. AN ICON.
— Robin Thede (@robinthede) February 25, 2019
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) February 25, 2019
— Yvonne Orji (@YvonneOrji) February 25, 2019