Real-life ‘mama bear’ Regina King on ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ playing a superhero at 47

Real-life ‘mama bear’ Regina King on ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ playing a superhero at 47

NEW YORK – It’s a great time to be a Regina. 

Last month, Regina King won best supporting actress from the New York Film Critics Circle for her heartwarming turn in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” the new romantic drama based on James Baldwin’s 1974 novel. The award was especially meaningful for King, 47, who was recognized alongside her longtime friend Regina Hall, who won best actress for her workplace comedy “Support the Girls.”

“Yeah! The Reginas!” King exclaims, sitting in a hotel suite overlooking Central Park on a rainy afternoon just a few days after the awards were announced. “I texted her and said, ‘Well, we’re really going to confuse their (butts) now,’ because people have a hard time keeping up which Regina. We’ll see posts (on social media) that say her name but tag me. But I don’t mind them getting us confused, because she’s a pretty awesome human being.” 

The honor is the first of many expected to come her way this season for “Beale Street” (in theaters Friday in New York and Los Angeles, goes nationwide Christmas Day). Also named best supporting actress by the National Board of Review, King is nominated in the same category at the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice awards, and is the favorite to take home the Oscar among awards prognosticators at GoldDerby.com.

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