Regina King's road to the Oscars was decades in the making. The actress finally received her first nomination for her supporting role in If Beale Street Could Talk, the cinematic adaptation of a James Baldwin classic. Opening last night's award ceremony with her claiming a golden statue was a blessed moment. Her achievement unleashed waves of praise with industry figures like Oprah, Ice Cube and Common, giving the artist well-deserved props. View the culture's acknowledgments below.

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King's acceptance speech included this sense of community. “To be standing here representing one of the greatest artists of our time, James Baldwin — it’s a little surreal,” said the actress with tears of triumphant joy. “James Baldwin birthed this baby and Barry, you nurtured her, you surrounded her with so much love and support, so it’s appropriate for me to be standing here because I’m an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone.”

The emotions ran high behind the scenes as Regina waiting for her engraved name to be placed on her award. "I'm gonna have me a tequila in there," King said, overwhelmed with the honor. "I'm gonna go with what does me well."