Regina King Stole the Show as She Brought Mom as Her Date to the 2019 Oscars

Claudine Varela
Feb 26, 2019
05:05 A.M.
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Regina King shares her Oscar victory with her mother who was her date during the awards show and was her inspiration for her critically acclaimed role.


It was a shining moment for Regina King at this year’s Academy Awards where she bagged her first Oscar. And there was no other person worthy of sharing that glory with her than her mother who was her date that night.


King was a sight to behold when she showed up in an immaculate bustier white gown with a thigh high slit at the red carpet. Even more impressive was the fact that she brought along her mother, Gloria as her date. Speaking to Ryan Seacrest during E!’s “Live from the Red Carpet” coverage, King gushed over her mother who she revealed inspired her portrayal of her character, Sharon in the film,she was nominated for that night, “If Beale Street Could Talk.”


Gloria stood on the sidelines while her daughter was being interviewed, despite being invited to join her. The award-winning actress explains, “that’s the woman that she is.”

“Just giving, heart so huge, holds so much love in her heart. And that’s what [her Beale Street character] Sharon was to me when I read her on the page so I knew where to pull that from — from my mother and my grandmother.”


King snatched the trophy for Best Supporting Actress, her first-ever Academy Award for her role as Sharon Rivers in her critically acclaimed film. She plays a mother who falls in love and gets impregnated by a convicted rapist.

During her acceptance speech where she thanked her producers and co-stars, King made special mention of her mother too. “Mom, I love you so much . . . God is good, all the time,” she declares before walking off the stage with tears in her eyes.


King bested four actresses who were equally deserving to win - Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz for “The Favourite”, Marina de Tavira for“Roma”, and Amy Adams for “Vice”.

Despite the tough competition, King was the leading contender having previously won for the same category at the Golden Globes and International Spirit Awards, as well as in other critics’ choice awards. She would have earned a grand slam if not for her exclusion as nominee at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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