Spirit Awards: 'If Beale Street Could Talk' Star Regina King Wins Best Supporting Female

The actress thanked the team behind the Barry Jenkins-directed film, which won two more awards on Saturday, "for celebrating us."

Regina King on Saturday accepted the Film Independent Spirit Award for best supporting female for her role in Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk.

If Beale Street Could Talk is based on the James Baldwin novel of the same name about a young Harlem couple fighting a criminal accusation and discrimination. King plays a supportive mother in the film, a role that has earned her a best supporting actress Oscar nomination as well.

The Independent Spirit nomination and win marked the first for King.

She started off her speech by thanking independent film and then talking about her recent acting experience. "I have not done a film in almost 10 years, and to be here receiving this for such a beautiful piece of art," said King.

The actress then made sure to thank all of the people on the Beale Street team, calling out most of the cast and crew, her team for 20 years, friends and family and, of course, Jenkins, her "hero." 

"I am up here representing us," she concluded. "If Beale Street Could Talk is a beautiful piece of art that I am so lucky to be a part of. Thank you for celebrating us."