If there’s one thing a pandemic will never stop, it’s the euphoric circle jerk session that is awards season. And after the bizarre debacle that was this year’s Golden Globes, many were ready for another eye roll fest during this year’s 93rd Academy Awards. Thankfully Steven Soderbergh and the other producers had the forethought and common sense to grab Oscar-winner Regina King and have her open the ceremony by walking. Yup, the camera followed Regina as she did a long strut to the stage while working a Judy Jetson pageant look, and when she got to the stage she mentioned the George Floyd verdict and the Oscars’ policy on masks.
At the top of the Oscars last night, Regina King sashayed her fabulous Black girl magic through Los Angeles’ Union Station while everyone in her path damn near did a curtsy as she walked by. The only thing that would have made it better was if Ludacris walked behind her performing “Move Bitch” because that was the kind of energy she was giving. Yahoo! reports that after Regina gave us her high powered I’m The Shit walk to the stage she immediately wanted to address a few things going on in the world, including the recent trial and conviction of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis after he brutally murdered George Floyd in May of last year:
“I have to be honest: If things had gone differently this past week in Minneapolis, I might have traded in my heels for marching boots,” King said about that verdict, urging viewers at home not to click away at the mere mention of something political. “I know many of you want to reach for your remote when you feel Hollywood is preaching to you, but as the mother of a Black son who fears for his safety, no fame or fortune changes that.”
And then the camera panned to a room full of people without masks on. We already heard that masks would be optional when on camera and Regina brought that up last night. She explained that some were vaccinated and everyone had been tested over and over again:
King then went on to explain the run of show — and why Union Station was being treated as a movie set. “We’re doing it maskless,” she said of the Oscars, distinguishing the ceremony from the virtual Golden Globes and the semi-maskless Grammys. “Think of this as a movie set, with a cast of over 200 nominees,” King explained. “We are following all of the rigorous protocols that got us back to work safely.”
Those on-set protocols include being masked up when the cameras aren’t rolling, but then doffing those coverings when “Action” is called. “When we’re working, masks off, and when we aren’t working, masks on. That’s how we do it.”
Regina, I love you sistah, but no. I would have been masked up like Kitana from Mortal Kombat using a fan to keep all those germs out my face because what I’m NOT gonna do is become the next fatality.
Check out Regina’s power walk and message below.