“Amy, thank you for the prayer,” King began her speech, nodding to fellow nominee Amy Adams. Adding “Time’s Up, times two,” King continued, “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 it’s 50 percent women, and I just challenge anyone out there who is in a position of power … I challenge you to challenge yourselves and … do the same.”
Watch her speech above.
Based on the novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk follows the romance of two young African-Americans, Tish (Kiki Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James), who strengthen their bond through an unexpected pregnancy and are nearly torn apart by a wrongful imprisonment. King plays Sharon Rivers, mother to Tish, who is a fierce advocate for her daughter and fights valiantly to prove Fonny’s innocence.
King also has been honored for her performance by the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review, and she is nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.
Other nominees in the category were Amy Adams for her role as Lynne Cheney in Adam McKay’s Vice, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz for their dueling roles in The Favourite, and Claire Foy for her performance as Janet Armstrong in Damien Chazelle’s First Man.