At the 76th annual Golden Globe awards, Regina King and Mahershala Ali both took home trophies for their work in film. King, an Emmy and Critic Choice award winner, won Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her portrayal of Sharon Rivers in If Beale Street Could Talk based on the novel of the same by James Baldwin. Ali, won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for playing Don “Doc” Shirley in Green Book.
In an emotional acceptance speech, King talked about the responsibility actors have to use their platforms to highlight issues. She said, “”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,” King said as the crowd gave her a rousing applause.
“The reason why we do this is because we understand that our microphones are big and we’re speaking for everyone,” King urged the audience. “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 fifty percent women. 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.”
Mahershala Ali, an Academy Award winner, honored the memory of Dr. Shirley in his acceptance speech. He said, “Dr. Shirley was a brilliant man. I just want to thank him for his passion and his virtuosity, and the dignity he carried himself with. That inspired me each and every day.”
He continued by thanking all the women in his life. He continued, “I have to thank my wife, my mother, and my grandmother,” he said. “I thank you for your prayers. I’ve needed each and every one of them. Peace.”