Regina King was in state of disbelief during her acceptance speech Monday at the 2018 Emmy Awards. The actress won lead actress in a limited series or movie for her role in Netflix’s Seven Seconds, a drama about the death of a 15-year-old African-American and an attempted police cover-up.
King rose from her seat in utter shock and tried her best to find the words for the celebratory moment.
“Really?” she asked, “Say word? Oh, my God.”
The three-time Emmy winner said she did not have a prepared acceptance speech. “I didn’t have nothing to say because I wasn’t really expecting this, but I am so grateful,” King said.
She gave thanks to the Television Academy, her friends and Seven Seconds creator Veena Sud, telling her: “Thank you for creating an opportunity to tell a story and hold a mirror up to what’s going on.”
King added, “This is amazing. I want to curse right now.”
The actress won Emmy Awards for best supporting actress for her role in the ABC series American Crimes, in 2015 and 2016.
Maybe she deserved a second season? But then she wouldn't have won. So… It's tough, guys!
— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) September 18, 2018
Watch King’s acceptance speech below.
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