Regina King got emotional Sunday night during her Emmy acceptance speech while thanking her family for their love and support. The 44-year-old actress continued to express just how much they mean to her backstage in the press room at the Microsoft Theater after winning her first Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie.
King was up against Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson and Angela Bassett from "American Horror Story: Freak Show," Mo'Nique from "Bessie" and Zoe Kazan from "Olive Kitteridge.” But her role as devout Muslim Aliyah Shadeed in "American Crime” helped her nab the win.
During her speech the actress said she had to thank her mother, Gloria King, and grandmother for teaching her "the power and the blessing of being a woman."
Later in the press room, King told reporters, including International Business Times' Monica Castillo, that she was excited to get her Emmy to Cincinnati so her family could see it. “I would not be here without them, and all of the things they taught me: the importance of grace, strength and courage, and all the wisdom they’ve infused in me," King said, adding that she wanted to celebrate her big win with a martini or two.
The actress also reflected on what it felt like to hear "Empire" stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard call her name as the winner. “Did they get that right? Did they really say that? I really wasn’t expecting it," King explained. "‘American Crime’ was just such a special experience for all of us. We call ourselves the ‘American Crime’ family. I’m still kind of digesting it.”
King also told reporters how excited she was that fellow actress Viola Davis took home an Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Annalise Keating on "How To Get Away With Murder." The 50-year-old actress made history Sunday night when she became the first black woman to win Emmy in that category.
"Man, that's pretty awesome!,” King said about Davis’ win. "Her performance was just jaw-dropping to me. It’s just truly, truly special and moving.”
Watch the video below to see King's Emmy acceptance speech.