We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again: Regina King is a DAMN good actress. Hollywood, unfortunately, is just now taking notice.
The 47-year-old actress has put in work both in front of and behind the camera for over four decades but has garnered only a handful of accolades … until now. On Thursday King nabbed double Golden Globe nominations in the Best Supporting Role category for her work in the film If Beale Street Could Talk, and also in the Best Actress in a Limited Series or Made for Television Movie for her role in Seven Seconds.
We predict she’ll take home BOTH. Plus ALL the other awards she’s nominated for come awards season. We even told King during our sit-down with her at the Toronto International Film Festival where she was promoting Beale Street that she was going to win an Oscar for her role.
Her response? “I’m claiming it,” she said while co-star Colman Domingo echoed those sentiments. “I’m claiming it as well.”
God apparently heard our interview because a week later she took home an Emmy in the “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie” category for her role in Seven Seconds.
Following her Golden Globe nominations, King said she was “just elated” with the news.
“I cannot even put into words how I feel right now hearing this exciting news from set. Just elated,” she exclaimed in a statement. “So proud of these two amazing and beautiful projects. I’m incredibly lucky and humbled that these roles chose me. For Beale Street, honoring the words and legacy of James Baldwin is truly special. Thank you Hollywood Foreign Press!”
In If Beale Street Could Talk, she gives an outstanding performance as Sharon Rivers, a mother supportive of her daughter whose fiancé is thrown in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.
In Seven Seconds, King brilliantly plays Latrice Butler, the grieving mother of a young boy brutally killed by the cops.
In both categories King is up against some stiff competition, including Amy Adams, Claire Foy and Laura Dern. We still think she’s a shoo-in for a win and she will even be honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 3rd.