Regina King receives first ever Oscar nomination for role in 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

At 48-years-old, Regina King finally received her first ever Oscar nomination for her role in "If Beale Street Could Talk". She received a nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and the world is all for it. 

Now that she is nominated for an Oscar Award for her stellar acting in the Barry Jenkins film, Regina King can finally call herself an Oscar-nominated actress. While it'll definitely be a tough fight against the likes of Amy Adams, Marina de Tavira, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz, she is definitely one of the top contenders. After all, she won her first-ever Golden Globe Award earlier this month, for the same movie that she's nominated for in The Academy. 

However, aside from her Golden Globe Award, she was also nominated for her stunning performances on Netflix's "Seven Seconds", and her stint in "American Crime". 

KING'S ADVOCACY OF GENDER EQUALITY

During her Emmys speech, she made sure to promise all her fellow actresses that there will be more avenues for women in film after her win. 

“The reason why we do this is because we understand that our microphones are big and we’re speaking for everyone."

King is not just a fantastic actress but is also a producer. That is why after receiving her prestigious award, she vowed to include more women in the films that she will be producing in the future. 

“I’m going to use my platform right now to say, in the next two years, everything that I produce — I’m making a vow and it’s going to be tough — to make sure that everything that I produce is 50 per cent women.”

Of course, there is no better way to use your platform but to inspire other people to do the same. That's exactly what she did when she challenged her fellow filmmakers to follow suit. 

“And I challenge everyone out there who is in a position of power, in all industries, I challenge you to challenge yourself and stand with us in solidarity and do the same.”

LOOKING AHEAD

Regardless of whether or not Regina makes it to The Academy stage to make a speech, we are sure that she will influence her audience regardless. After all, with such a clear vision of how she wants to help women, her future films will definitely hold the same values as she does. That in itself is bound to help promote gender equality. 

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