Dynamic actress Regina King delivered a moving acceptance speech after winning her first ever Emmy Sunday night at the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, held at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
King, an actress since her childhood, has starred in countless television programs and films over the span of her career, but it has been her portrayal of devout Muslim Aliyah Shadeed on the ABC drama “American Crime” that has earned her much-deserved attention for her remarkable talent. That recognition finally won her an Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
With a shaky voice, King first thanked God and then expressed gratitude for her team and the many individuals involved with the production of “American Crime.”
“John Ridley, you are genius,” she said of the series’ creator. “Thank you so, so much for your creativity and just seeing me to be a part of your expression … you are my joy.”
The actress — dressed in a stunning, white, backless gown — topped her speech off by thanking her family. She first acknowledged her mother and grandmother, who she said taught her “the power and the blessing of being a woman.” She ended by emotionally addressing her son, Ian, who was also her date to the show.
“The fact that I get to share this night with you — the best date in the house. You make being a mother my greatest accomplishment. I love you,” she said.
The moment was particularly significant for African-American actors. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson from the acclaimed Fox series “Empire” presented King with the award, while Angela Bassett and Mo’Nique were among those nominated in the category.