Regina King, at Sunday night’s Golden Globes, pledged in her acceptance speech after winning best supporting actress in a motion picture that women will make up 50 percent of the staff for any of her projects in the next two years. She won for her role as Sharon Rivers in the Barry Jenkins-directed “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
In her speech, King also thanked Jenkins for “giving us a film that my son said to me when he saw it, that it was the first time he really saw himself.”
Amy, thank you for the prayers, sweetheart, thank you so much. Oh, this is so fantastic. And Annapurna, thank you so much, everyone. I mean, this is odd, but it’s not. My publicist Mike Liotta, the Annapurna publicists, Daniella, Jesus, Seth, Marvin, who have been championing and working their asses off to get people to come see this film. Barry Jenkins. I love you with all my heart. Thank you for your empathy. Thank you for telling stories so rich and thank you for giving us a film that my son said to me when he saw it, that it was the first time he really saw himself. Thank you so much for that.
Plan B, Jeremy, and Dede, oh, my gosh, what a journey it’s been, all the way from “Year of the Dog” to here, Jesus, man, oh, my gosh. My son, Ian, boy. Oh, thank you so much for all the love that we have been receiving for “Beale Street,” we are so proud of this film. The Baldwin family, thank you so much for trusting Sir Barry Jenkins to tell James Baldwin’s words and allowing us the opportunity.
Thank you, God, for allowing me to be a witness. Hollywood Foreign Press Association, okay. Oh, cheers, cheers.
Oh, my gosh, one more thing. So often everyone out there, they hear us on the red carpet and they say celebrities, we’re using the time to talk about ourselves when we are on our soap box and using a moment to talk about the systemic things that are going on in life. Time’s Up times two. The reason why we do this is because we understand that our microphones are big and we are speaking for everyone.
And I just want to say that I’m going to use my platform right now to say in the next two years everything that I produce I am making a vow — and it’s going to be tough — to make sure that everything that I produce — that is 50% women. And I just challenge anyone out there — anyone out there who is in a position of power, not just in our industry, in all industries, I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same. God bless you. Thank you.