The 93rd Academy Awards were kicked off by Regina King, who delivered a strong message about the emotionally draining Derek Chauvin murder trial.
King, who directed the Oscar-nominated film One Night in Miami, expressed her joy at Chauvin’s conviction for George Floyd’s murder.
The Academy Award-winning actress revealed that the outcome of the case eventually determined what she will wear to the Oscars on Sunday, April 26, 2021.
“I have to be honest, if things had gone differently this past week in Minneapolis, I might have traded in my heels for marching boots,” King, who opened the show, said.
Inside the crowd, there was unanimous consensus.
King, who rose to fame in the 1980s as a teen star in the hit sitcom “227,” admitted that when Hollywood begins to “preach,” viewers will want to change the channel. She did, however, make it clear that the gripping trial was personal to her and millions of others.
“As a mother of a Black son, I know the fear that so many live with, and no amount of fame or fortune changes that,” King said. Ironically, her critically acclaimed film, One Night in Miami, was set in 1964 and dealt with the civil rights issues of that time.