Regina King Opens Oscars 2021 With Reference To Chauvin Verdict: “I Might Have Traded My Heels For Marching Boots”

Actress and Oscar-nominated director Regina King opened tonight’s 93rd Academy Awards with a reference to this week’s guilty verdicts against Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd: “I have to be honest,” King said, “if things had gone differently this past week in Minneapolis, I might have traded my heels for marching boots.”

King, nominated for her directorial debut One Night in Miami… opened tonight’s broadcast with a long, tracking-shot walk through L.A. Union Station, one of the locations of this year’s ceremony. King, the opening presenter, was followed by a camera as she walked through the train station to take the stage and introduce the year’s screenwriting nominees.

“I know many of you want to reach for your remotes when you feel Hollywood is preaching to you,” King said, “but as the mother of a black son, I know the fear that so many live with, and no amount of fame or fortune changes that.”

King then described the Covid ground rules for tonight’s event: Masks will be worn off camera, audience members are socially distanced, the usual protocols are in place and everyone’s been tested and tested again.

The introduction was brief, and King quickly moved on to presenting the first award.


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