Despite the biggest upset of the night—the award of “Green Book” winning Best Picture at the 2019 Academy Awards and earning a collective gasp of utter shock inside the press room filled with journalists from around the world—the 91st Academy Awards brought the Blackness, and, with it, the crowning of a new, thespian queen—Regina King. #OscarsSoBlack? Yes, we’re blessed.

Here are edited excerpts from Oscar winner Regina King’s interview with the AmNews

Amsterdam News: Regina, congratulations. 

Regina King: Thank you. 

AN: How sweet was it to have your mom there in the front row with you?  Obviously, you gave much praise to her during your acceptance speech.  What did it mean to you to have her there tonight?

RK: It’s hard to, like, put it in words really quickly.  I feel like kind of like one of those full circle moments because so much of the character Sharon Rivers was mapped or inspired by my mother and my grandmother.  So to have her there, my family was there, my sister, Reina, my son, Ian, were there.  They are both here tonight.  And it goes by so fast, and you want to thank so many people, and your mind just goes blank.  And, you know, my mom was like the lighthouse right there.  And. Mmm, just everything.

AN: What is the film adaption of James Baldwin’s novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” really about, to you?

RK: It’s about Love.  Persevering.  I mean, “If Beale Street Could Talk” is a beautiful film, a beautiful novel before it was a film.

I think that it’s a film that breaks through a lot of the sections that exist right now.  You know, love is that thing that pushes us through trauma.  You know, this is an urban tragedy, but the tragedy is something that is experienced no matter what sex you are, no matter what race you are; and love and support is usually what pushes us through, which gets us to

the other side. 

AN: Do you think this film is needed, right now?

RK: Yes. I think this film is so needed right now because we need a lot of help getting through the other side and seeing how much we are alike.  We are different in a lot of ways.  Absolutely.  Our circumstances are so different; but it’s to the core, to the core, we are really a lot alike.

AN: At the end of the movie, I’m thinking about that very climactic confrontation scene, what particular source did you draw from to portray such emotion? 

RK: You know, all of us, we just pulled on being women, and we have all been in if we have not experienced a violation on that level firsthand, we have lifted a sister up through that.  And that, you know, even all the way from when the abuelitas came in and escorted her off that was something that was universal.  Every woman that had something to do with this production, the understanding and the need to make sure that it was very clear in the story that we all knew that she was raped.  It wasn’t Fonny, but she was raped.  And we hold each other up through a secret that shouldn’t be a secret.  So often, that’s the beautiful thing about the #MeToo Movement, and the #MeToo movement has I think gone even beyond that with creating opportunities for women to find their voice even beyond just being violated sexually, but being marginalized, being violated.  When you have put in the work to be at the table and being denied a seat at the table, this movement has allowed us and has inspired us to say no, I am supposed to have a seat at that table.  So that energy was going on throughout the production of that film—of this film.  Barry supported that and lifted it up as well.  And that’s the thing.  When you have men and women working together, pretty amazing things happen.