ALL THIS WINNING! Regina King, Barry Jenkins, Boots Riley & ‘Beale Street’ Scoop Up Top 2019 Spirit Awards
Black Excellence shut down the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Let’s celebrate Regina King, Barry Jenkins, and Boots Riley’s wins inside…
Before tonight’s Academy Awards, independent films were shown some love at the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica. It’s the more relaxed awards show that goes down on the eve of the Oscars that recognizes independent films. The Spirit Awards limit nominees to films with budgets of $ 20 million and under and they also focus on American made movies.
As Oscar buzz follows her around, Regina King def got recognized for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk. The three-time EMMY winner scooped up another trophy to add to her growing collection.
The 48-year-old actress won Best Supporting Female Actor for her role as Sharon Rivers in the critically acclaimed If Beale Street Could Talk. And she totally deserved it.
If Beale Street Could Talk star Brian Tyree Henry and "This Is Us" star Sterling K. Brown presented Regina with the honor.
It’s her first Spirit Award nomination and win! Nice!
Check out her acceptance speech below:
Another YBF winner…
Two years after his Moonlight film won at the Spirits, Barry Jenkins was back to scoop up more awards for his adaptation of James Baldwin‘s 1974 novel, If Beale Street Could Talk.
Barry Jenkins was honored with the Best Director Award and he said he didn’t even want to win the award with everything going on in the world.
"I’m not gonna lie, man, I didn’t want to win this," he said.
Barry used his acceptance speech to praise female directors, producers, actresses, etc. because he couldn’t do what he does without women. He also and urged Hollywood to include more female power behind the scenes. Check it:
If Beale Street Could Talk nabbed the Best Film Award:
More winner’s circle highlights…
Director Boots Riley accepted the Best First Feature Award for his political satirical movie Sorry To Bother You.
See his acceptance speech below:
Pretty in pink! What Men Want star Taraji P. Henson showed off in custom Michael Kors to present.
We chopped it up with Taraji recently and she defended her "Empire" co-star Jussie Smollett following his attack. That was before he was charged for allegedly filing a false police report. We wonder how she feels about it all now.
In the audience and backstage, the winners celebrated their wins. Comedian Cedric The Entertainer was also in the mix.
On the carpet…
Regina King posed it up in her Valentino dress before accepting her award.
The Hate U Give star Regina Hall wowed in a Lela Rose gown from the SS19 RTW collection. She’ll be starring alongside Issa Rae and Marsai Martin in the upcoming comedy, LITTLE.
Sorry To Bother You star Tessa Thompson served up medieval vibes.
We SO love this couple! Sterling K. Brown and his wife/actress Ryan Michelle Bathe won couple of the night.
If Beale Street Could Talk actress Kiki Layne served up Wakanda realness in Chloé.
Sorry To Bother You actor Lakeith Stanfield kept it cool on the carpet.
"Queen Sugar" star Dawn-Lyen Gardner was all smiles on the blue carpet. We can’t wait for season 4 to premiere!
Former "The Talk" co-host Aisha Tyler kept it cute in a printed suit.
And comedian Cedric The Entertainer was all smiles.
Congrats to the winners!
Thanks to: The Young, Black, and Fabulous®