At Sunday night’s Golden Globes, Regina King used her acceptance speech to make a solemn career promise. not just in our industry, in all industries—I challenge you to challenge yourselves, and stand with us in solidarity and do the same.”Her declarations echo Frances Mc Dormand’s 2018 Oscars acceptance speech, in which the best actress promoted inclusion riders—contractual obligations that ensure films have some form of diversity and parity behind the scenes.
Moving forward, the actress declared that all future projects she produces will be fully gender equal, employing 50 percent women.“I’m going to use my platform,” she said, as she accepted a supporting-actress award for her performance in “Anyone out there . Her speech, in turn, inspired numerous industry figures to embrace riders in their projects moving forward, including actor Michael B. King, who was a double nominee at the Globes, began her speech by thanking her team, film studio Annapurna, and director Barry Jenkins.
“I love you with all my heart,” she told the director. Thank you for telling stories so rich.”The actress also thanked the James Baldwin estate, who gave Jenkins permission to adapt the author’s 1974 novel into a film.
King then spoke about the importance of celebrities using their spotlight to speak about important issues—which is about the time she started getting played off by the orchestra.
But she didn’t stop, instead carrying on her speech and giving a shout out to the Time’s Up movement.
(The play-off music stopped shortly afterward.)“The reason why we do this is because we understand our microphones are big, and we’re speaking for everyone,” she said of actors speaking up for important causes.
“I’m going to use my platform right now to say in the next two years, everything that I produce .
We all have the power as individuals to turn our complaints into action and our concerns into change.
That’s the message of the Time’s Up campaign, and that’s why I made a commitment during the Golden Globes to ensure that, within two years, women make up 50 percent of the crew for projects I produce.
We can't say there isn't a market for women in film.
Women continue to make up the majority of moviegoers: According to the Motion Picture Association of America’s recent findings, women made up 52 percent of all 2016 moviegoers — an increase from 2015’s 51 percent.
That’s right, women (51 percent of the population) continue to outnumber men at movie theaters, which makes the gender disparity onscreen and behind the scenes even more frustrating.