Regina King turns to social justice to kick off Oscars: 'I know the fear so many live with'
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Regina King kicked off the Academy Awards with a nod to social justice movements, saying even as a Hollywood star, "no amount of fame or fortune" changes the fear a Black mother faces.

"It has been quite a year and we are still smack dab in the middle of it," the "If Beale Street Could Talk" actress said as she opened the 93rd annual Oscars on Sunday from Los Angeles.

"We are mourning the loss of so many, and 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 said, making a reference to the verdict last week for Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who was found guilty of all charges in the death of George Floyd.


"I know a lot of you people at home want to reach for your remote when you feel like Hollywood is preaching to you," King, 55, continued. "But as a mother of a Black son, I know the fear so many live with, and no amount of fame or fortune changes that."


It's not the first time the performer and "One Night in Miami" director has used an awards stage to draw attention to policy brutality or racial justice issues.

King accepted her Emmy Award last year for HBO's "Watchmen" while wearing a shirt bearing the image of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who was shot and killed in her home by a trio of plainclothes Louisville, Ky., police officers.