The actress, who directed One Night in Miami, remarked that she would have put on her ‘marching boots’ if the verdict had been different.
She said: “It has been quite a year, and we are still smack dab in the middle of it.
“We are mourning the loss of so many, and I have to be honest, if things had gone differently this past week in Minneapolis, I may have traded in my heels for marching boots.”
She added: “I know that a lot of you people at home want to reach for your remote when you feel like Hollywood is preaching to you. But as a mother of a black son I know the fear that so many live with, and no amount of fame or fortune changes that, okay?”
Many viewers praised King’s honesty on Twitter.
One wrote: “Regina King always just serves.
“The walk and the look. Her speech so far is amazing!”
Another added: “Regina King is spitting facts in this opening speech!”
“Oscar for Best Opening Speech goes to Regina King,” a third stated.
The 50-year-old didn’t make the nominations with her directorial debut. However, One Night in Miami did get nominated for several other awards, including Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.
In 2019, King won an Oscar for Supporting Actress of the romantic drama, If Beale Street Could Talk.
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