Regina King wins supporting actress Oscar for 'Beale Street'

King in If Beale Street Could Talk

King in If Beale Street Could Talk. Annapurna

Regina King's moving role in If Beale Street Could Talk just won the veteran actress her first Oscar, but it's one that she nearly didn't take.

Regina King's road to the Oscars was decades in the making. Before she received her award and said her emotional speech, she nearly tripped over her dress and Evans quickly offered his arm and escorted her up to the stage.

Mahershala Ali, an African American actor who converted to Islam, had won hearts in 2017 - for his role as "Chiron" in Barry Jenkin's Moonlight, for which he won the Award for Best Supporting Actor - becoming the first Muslim actor ever to win an Academy Award.

The emotions ran high behind the scenes as Regina waiting for her engraved name to be placed on her award.

Curtis tweeted out her support of Evans, praising him for his gentlemanly ways.

"Chris Evans knows what to do in the presence of a Queen", wrote one user on Twitter.

While he may not have been nominated for any awards at the Oscars Sunday night, Chris Evans had no problem becoming a trending topic on social media. But I feel like I've had so many women that have paved the way, are paving the way, and I feel like I walk in their light and I also am creating my own light, and there are young women that will walk in the light that I'm continuing to shine and expand from those women before me.

And she also thanked her mother.

Turning to her mother, who accompanied her to the ceremony, King added: "Mom, I love you so much".

"Hey @ChrisEvans you are a gentleman!"

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