Regina King is a lot of things: talented, hard-working, accomplished and still very underrated.
On the night of the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, however, she got another award to add to her mantle. The acclaimed actress won Lead Actress In A Limited Series for Netflix’s Seven Seconds.
Seven Seconds centered on a white, rookie narcotics cop Peter Jablonski (Beau Knapp), who, due to distracted driving, fatally hits a black teen named Brenton Butler. Jablonski calls his co-workers, corrupt cops who insist that they cover up the crime. Prosecutor KJ Harper (Clare-Hope Asheity) and detective Joe “Fish” Rinaldi (Michael Mosley) are tasked with the case as Butler’s family, mother Latrice (Regina King), father Isaiah (Russell Hornsby) and uncle Seth (Zackary Momoh), as well as the community at large, are impacted by the incident.
King has two previous Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie (American Crime) in 2015 and 2016. King is also an early favorite for the Supporting Actress category in the Golden Globes and Academy Awards respective races for her work in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk.
King is set to lead the HBO adaptation of Watchmen, set to debut in 2019.
Read our review of King’s “master class” performance here.
Watch her acceptance speech below:
A shocked @ReginaKing takes the stage to say thank you for best lead actress in a limited series or TV movie Emmy win: “I wasn’t really expecting this.” #Emmys https://t.co/WHLT5kttrU pic.twitter.com/perOlUu14H
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 18, 2018