Regina gave an emotional acceptance speech (Picture: VALERIE MACON / AFP)Regina King dedicated her first Oscar to queer literary icon James Baldwin at the 91st Academy Awards.
The 47-year-old was named Best Supporting Actress for her role If Beale Street Could Talk, and after being helped up to the stage by total gentleman Chris Evans, accepted her award with a tearful and powerful speech.
Regina said: ‘To be standing here, representing one of the greatest artists of our time, James Baldwin, is a little surreal.
‘James Baldwin birthed this baby, and Barry [Jenkins], you nurtured her, you surrounded her with so much love and support, so it’s appropriate to be standing here.
James Baldwin wrote If Beale Street Could Talk (Picture: Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)‘I’m an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone.’
James Baldwin is the author of the book of the same name that If Beale Street Could Talk, which was published in 1974.
The author, who died from stomach cancer in 1987, was famous for writing stories involving African-American issues, as well as gay and bisexual issues.
His books Giovanni’s Room, Another Country and Tell Me How Long The Train’s Been Gone all gained attention for incorporating heterosexual and LGBTQ characters, as well as characters across different races.
An unfinished manuscript found after his death called Remember This House formed the basis for 2016’s I Am Not Your Negro.
Elsewhere in her speech, Regina, dressed in an elegant white strapless gown, thanked her mother Gloria, who was seated in the audience.
She said: ‘Mom, I love you so much. Thank you for teaching me that God is always leaning – always has been leaning in my direction.’
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