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Regina King Urges Americans To Vote During Emmy Acceptance

The actor accepted the award for outstanding lead actress while wearing a shirt that displayed Breonna Taylor’s face and the words “SAY HER NAME.”

Actor Regina King accepted her Emmy award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie. | ABC/ The Emmys
Actor Regina King accepted her Emmy award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie. | ABC/ The Emmys

Actor Regina King advocated for Breonna Taylor, paid her respects to late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and urged Americans to vote during her history-making Emmy acceptance speech on Sunday.

King accepted her the Emmy for lead actress in a limited series or movie, marking the fourth Emmy win of her career. She won for her portrayal of Angela Abar (a.k.a. Sister Night) in HBO's superhero drama “Watchmen,” beating out Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Shira Haas, and Octavia Spencer.

The win ties King with actor Alfre Woodard for the most acting Emmys won by a Black performer.

During her virtual acceptance speech, King honored Taylor by wearing a t-shirt with the late 26-year-old’s face and the words “SAY HER NAME.” Taylor was shot and killed by police in her own home this March and has been a focal point of nationwide protests, as none of the officers involved in her death have faced charges. 

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King also urged people to vote in the upcoming presidential election and mentioned Ginsburg, who died on Friday. Ginsburg’s death has become a pivotal flash point in the election, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has vowed to put a justice nominee by incumbent President Trump up for a vote.

“Gotta vote,” the actor said during her speech. “I would be remiss not to mention that being a part of a show as prescient as ‘Watchmen.'”

“Have a voting plan. Go to ballotpedia.com, vote up the ballot, please,” she said. “Go to ballotpedia.com and find out who you’re voting in your municipal elections, It is very important. Be a good human. Rest in power, RBG.”

Ginsburg, whose liberal force on the court and fierce advocacy for women cemented her as a feminist icon with the nickname “Notorious RBG,” died at age 87 due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer.

To operate the Emmys safely during COVID-19, only host Jimmy Kimmel and a few presenters appeared in Los Angeles' Staples Center, with most nominees video-calling in from their homes. 

Other notable moments during the virtual ceremony included Zendaya’s win for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in “Euphoria,” and the beloved show “Schitt’s Creek” winning all seven awards it was nominated for.