"His performances are fantastic," said King
Timothée Chalamet has one important person in his corner.
Regina King, who is up for Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Academy Awards, told the U.K.’s Metro gushed over Chalamet, 23, who was snubbed for his performance in Beautiful Boy despite Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations.
“In terms of my best supporting category, I am a really big fan of Timothée Chalamet,” King, 48, said. “His performances are fantastic. I wish he had been nominated. But I loved Mahershala Ali in Green Book and Sam Elliott in A Star Is Born. Their performances really stood out to me.”
She continued, “And for best actress, Olivia Colman. I thought she was just brilliant. As is Glenn Close, though, who she’s competing against.”
King has been earning praise for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk, where she plays a fiercely protective mother who does all she can for her struggling and pregnant teenage daughter. The actress already picked up a Golden Globe Award for her performance this year, where she gave an inspiring speech and pledged to produce projects that are “50% women” in the future.
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“It just came out in the moment, you know?” King told Metro of making the pledge during her speech. “I did not realize what a wonderful platform the Golden Globes are, because you aren’t just speaking to people in America, you’re speaking to people across the world.”
She continued, “I knew that if I won that I was going to say something in regards to gender equality. And I recently heard Tessa Thompson say that whatever projects she would be doing in the next year or two would be directed by a female. I thought that this was an inspiring example of someone using their power to turn complaints into action.”
The 91st Academy Awards take place on Feb. 24 and air live on ABC at 8 p.m.