Regina King Earns First Oscar Nomination For ‘Beale Street’

Regina King Earns First Oscar Nomination For 'If Beale Street Could Talk' Based on James Baldwin's Novel
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Regina King is having one heck of an awards show season. The Academy rightfully agreed with the buzz, nominating our fave for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

This is so exciting! Seeing a black film be honored and acknowledged for a profound love story feels hopeful. There’s obviously still much work to do to level the playing field for people of color in Hollywood, but I am happy to applaud whenever there is some progress.

King is nominated in the category along with Amy Adams (Vice), Marina de Tavira (Roma), Emma Stone (The Favourite), and Rachel Weisz (The Favourite).

According to Essence magazine, King reacted to the news with three words: “Wow. Wow. Wow.”

In the film adapted from James Baldwin‘s 1974 novel, King plays Sharon Rivers—the mother of pregnant 19-year-old Tish (Kiki Layne), whose boyfriend was falsely accused and jailed for rape.

King’s statement to the magazine went on to say how proud she was of the entire cast and crew.

“I’m grateful to Barry Jenkins for creating this beautiful role out of the great James Baldwin’s words,” she said. “Collaborating with Barry has been a highlight of my career and this recognition is icing on the cake! And thank you to The Academy!”

Just last week she scored the “W” at the Golden Globes, winning in the same category. While accepting her award, she vowed to do her part to ensure that there are equal opportunities for women in Hollywood by employing at least 50% of them on any project she is in charge of.

Congrats, Regina! Check out the clip from her riveting speech below.

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