After winning the award for actress in a drama film for Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” on Sunday night, King delivered an impassioned speech, vowing to employ more women on her projects and encouraging others in power to do the same.
After thanking various people, including Jenkins, King touched on how celebrities are using their voices to speak on social issues.
“The reason why we do this is because we understand that our microphones are big and we are speaking for everyone,” she said. “And I just want to say that I’m going to use my platform right now to say in the next two years, everything that I produce, I’m making a vow — it’s going to be tough — to make sure that everything that I produce that is 50% women.”
“And I just challenge anyone out there — anyone out there who is in a position of power, not just in our industry, in all industries — I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same,” she concluded.
The ceremonial music began to play her off at one point, but as King continued to deliver her speech, the music was cut off and she was able to finish.
Sunday night marked the first Golden Globe win for King. She was a double-nominee, however, having also scored a nod in the actress in a limited series category for “Seven Seconds,” for which she won an Emmy this past summer.