Actress Regina King accepted the Golden Globe for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk with a promise to produce projects with 50 per cent women. "So often, everyone out there that hears us on a red carpet and they say celebrities are using the time to talk about ourselves when we are on our soapbox and using a moment to talk about the systemic things that are going on in life, time's up times two," Regina said as she got on the stage to pick the trophy in Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role category in the gala in Los Angeles on Sunday.
"The reason why we do this is because we understand that our microphones are big and we're speaking for everyone. I am going to use my platform to say right now that in the next two years, everything that I produce and I am making a vow and it's going to be tough to make sure that everything that I produce, that it's 50 per cent women," she added.
Her promise comes a year after more than 1,000 women in the entertainment industry to initiate Time's Up movement to combat sexual misconduct and increase pay equity across industries. The ceremonial music began to play her off at one point, but as Regina continued to deliver her speech, the music was cut off and she was able to finish.
"I just challenge 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," Regina concluded. She won for her role as Sharon Rivers in Barry Jenkins' project. She is seen in a role of a mother advocating for her daughter's husband who is in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
Regina also expressed her fondness for Jenkins while accepting the award.
"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."