- Regina King won her first Oscar for her performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk” at the 91st annual Academy Awards on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles
- During her acceptance speech for best supporting actress, King cried as she thanked her mother.
- King’s mum was her date for the night, so she was sitting in the front row and crying, too.
- Watch the video of the heartfelt moment below.
Actress Regina King took home the first statue of the night at the 91st annual Academy Awards on Sunday evening at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. King won best supporting actress for her performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
After fellow star Chris Evans helped King up to the stage, King thanked “If Beale Street Could Talk” author James Baldwin and the movie’s director, Barry Jenkins, for nurturing the film’s story.
“It’s appropriate for me to be standing here because I’m an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone. Mum, I love you so much,” King said before she was overcome with tears. As she paused, the crowd began to cheer and applaud.
Regina King praised James Baldwin, director Barry Jenkins, and her family in the first #Oscars acceptance speech of the night.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 25, 2019
“Thank you for teaching me that God is always leaning – always has been leaning – in my direction,” King said before cracking an inside joke and saying a word which sounded like “gamosas.”
The camera cut to King’s mother, sitting in the front row of the audience next to Chris Evans, and a tear fell from her eye as she laughed and cried at the same time. The touching speech opened the 91st Academy Awards, and marked King’s first-ever Oscar win.
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