Celebrating the history-making star, Regina King.
It’s Women’s History Month and this month we will focus on celebrating all the legendary women that pave the way forward for others, shape the world we live in and inspire us to do the same.
As February came to a close with a record-breaking year at the Golden Globes, it would be impossible not to turn the spotlight on Regina King. Making history every other year, the star did it again in 2021 along with two other incredible female directors—Chloe Zhao (‘Nomadland’) and Emerald Fennell (‘Promising Young Woman’)—marking the first year where more than one female director was nominated. The 50-year-old gave us a masterclass in virtual red carpet walks, dazzling audiences in a black and silver sequins dress by Louis Vuitton.
While she didn’t take home the award for her feature film directorial debut this time, the L.A. native has been succeeding in Hollywood for over three decades—a huge feat on its own. King first rose to prominence as Brenda Jenkins in 227, which was one of the first primetime television shows to depict a Black family in a positive light. She went on to perform in major films like Boyz n the Hood (1991) and Jerry Maguire (1996) before picking up two Primetime Emmy Awards for her role in the series American Crime. She received her third Emmy for the Netflix miniseries Seven Seconds and then a fourth one for her performance in Watchmen.
In 2019 she won her first Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Considering her remarkable career, it should come as no surprise that the first film she directed One Night in Miami was nominated for a Golden Globe. The film is based on Kemp Powers’ play of the same name. It’s a fictional imagining where icons like Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown and Muhammad Ali meet one incredible night in Miami to discuss their roles in the civil rights movement in the 60s.
Being only the second Black woman to be nominated as Best Director in the Golden Globes’ 78-year history and the first Black female director to have a film screened at the Venice Film Festival, we can only hope she continues to inspire diversity in the industry at the Oscars.