At last night’s Golden Globes, Regina King, won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture award for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk. And although some people get in front of the mic and are quickly tackled offstage by the shady “Wrap that shit up B!” music, Regina’s speech won another award for Best No-Fucks Given During A Speech because she stood her ground to have her say.
After Regina won the award, she hopped up on stage and began giving her acceptance speech, Thanking everyone from Beale Street director Barry Jenkins to fellow actress Amy Adams. You can tell that she was really happy to receive the award, but the people who run the music in the back must have been thinking “All right she’s done, now get the hell off the stage” so they cued up the music. But Regina put on her swimming cap and dove into the deep end, discussing issues so important it made them turn the music down to let her finish.
“So often everyone out there, they hear us on the red carpet and they say celebrities, we’re using the time to talk about ourselves. We’re here on our soapbox and using a moment to talk about the systemic things that are going on in life. Times Up times two. The reason why we do this is because we understand that our microphones are big and we’re speaking for everyone. And, I just wanna say, that I’m going to use my platform right now to say in the next two years, everything that I produce, I am making a vow, and it’s going to be tough, to make sure that everything that I produce that is 50% women. And I just challenge anyone out there who is in a position of power, not just in our industry, in all industries, I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same”
I’m surprised people didn’t begin gathering their belongings and making their way towards the exits after she finished because what more needed to be said? King Regina blessed the masses with her words, battled and won against the evil Play Off music AND slayed her speech without breaking a sweat. The only thing that was missing was Oprah Winfrey and Frances McDormand joining her onstage for a rousing rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves“. You may laugh but don’t be surprised when they join forces like Voltron and perform that as the opening number at the Oscars.
Catch Regina’s entire speech below.