Regina King: Oscar Speech About Derek Chauvin Goes Viral

Regina King

Regina King’s Oscar speech about Derek Chauvin – the former police officer being held in solitary confinement after being found guilty of murdering of George Floyd – has gone viral. 

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.

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Regina King commented on Derek Chauvin’s verdict in her Oscar speech. Credit: @iamreginaking/Instagram

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

Featured Image Credit: Minnesota Department of Corrections & @iamreginaking/Instagram

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.