Why Regina King Finds Her Success to Be ‘Bittersweet’ in 2020

Regina King could make Oscar history with her film One Night In Miami. However, the timing of her directorial debut makes it all a bit “bittersweet.”

Regina King is killing it in 2020 — but it’s a bit complicated

Regina King with her Oscar
Regina King poses with her Oscar for If Beale Street Could Talk in 2019 | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

As Glamour pointed out recently, King’s amazing successes are tricky to celebrate in 2020. The publication clarified:

For King, it seems, every professional triumph of 2020 has been paired with a pain that never gets dull no matter how familiar it becomes — the pain of knowing people who look like you, like Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Jacob Blake, and Taylor, may be mown down, their lives stolen at any second, and that justice for their slayings lingers more as a mirage than actual possibility.

While King’s 2020 achievements hold their own merit, the timing of nationally-reported events makes everything feel a bit off. As a Black woman, she can’t help but pay attention to what’s going on in the U.S. these days.

“The same week that King won her Emmy, Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron announced that the grand jury would not be indicting the Louisville police officers for the death of Taylor, the result of a fatally errant drug raid,” Glamour reported.

Therefore, 2020 has been a rollercoaster for King: “a year of enormous highs and extreme lows.”

King, an Oscar favorite for ‘One Night in Miami’, says the timing is ‘bittersweet’

Regina King at the Oscars
Regina King at The 91st Oscars in 2019 | Eric McCandless via Getty Images

One Night in Miami, which premiered earlier this year, is the first movie that King has ever directed — and already, she’s “considered to be a heavy favorite to make history in the Oscar race.” A nomination in the Best Director category at the Academy Awards would mean King “would become the first Black woman to be considered.”

Amid everything going on in 2020, how does King feel about the potential record-breaking Oscar nom?

“For that to be the case and all of this to be going on is bittersweet, sobering,” King admitted in the interview. She expanded on that thought:

I’ll tell you one thing, though: I am grateful that the universe brought this movie to me, because it does make me feel like through art, we — when I say ‘we,’ the filmmakers, everyone that had something to do with this story — have an opportunity to put something out that feels like we are being active, that we are activators.

For King, she sees the parallels between the events in 2020 and One Night in Miami as no coincidence.

“I feel like there’s no mistake that the subject matter of this film is what it is and coming out at this time,” she told Glamour. “I do feel that we were all designed for a moment.” King believes that every single person who put their work into One Night in Miami was meant to be there: “we were supposed to all come together, everyone on this project.”

What’s next for the Oscar-winning actor?

King is currently preparing for an upcoming film The Harder They Fall. The Western will also star “Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, and Jonathan Majors,” per Glamour.