Favorite Oscars moment: Regina King’s divine acceptance speech
By EEW Magazine Entertainment Editors // Associated Press
Regina King was honored as best supporting actress for If Beale Street Could Talk at Sunday’s Oscar Awards ceremony.
“God is good, all the time,” she said in her divine acceptance speech, EEW Magazine’s favorite moment of the night.
King, who shared heartfelt and impassioned words at the January Globes calling for equal opportunity for women in Hollywood, paid tribute at the Oscars to God, her mother, and the writer whose work was the basis for If Beale Street Could Talk.
“To be standing here, representing one of the greatest artists of our time, James Baldwin, it’s a little surreal,” an emotional King said. She lauded the late Baldwin for birthing the story and writer-director Barry Jenkins for nurturing and surrounding it with “so much love and support.”
“So it’s appropriate for me to be standing here, because I’m an example of what it looks like support and love is poured into you,” she said. King switched her attention to her beaming mother, who had accompanied her to the ceremony.
“Mom, thank you for teaching me that God is leaning, has always been leaning, in my direction,” King said, concluding her speech with “God is good, all the time.”
Amy Poehler, one of the presenters of King’s trophy, offered her more kudos backstage: “What an amazing speech by Regina,” Poehler said.
King’s heels caught in her gown as she started to take the stage. Coming to her rescue: Chris Evans, aka Captain America, who helped steady her as she got untangled.
The other nominees in the supporting actress category were Amy Adams for “Vice,” Marina de Tavira with “Roma” and Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz for “The Favourite.”
Watch the moving speech that will leave you smiling, nodding your head, and whispering to yourself, “And all the time, God is good.”