First time lucky? Regina King (‘If Beale Street Could Talk’) could be latest actor to win Oscar on inaugural nomination

First time lucky? Regina King (‘If Beale Street Could Talk’) could be latest actor to win Oscar on inaugural nomination
You may think that three-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Regina King has one or two Academy Award nominations under her belt, but she actually has never been nominated despite being a consistent, reliable film presence since the ’90s. But she might finally be able to rack up her first nomination and perhaps even win this season for her supporting performance in Barry Jenkins‘ “If Beale Street Could Talk.” If she does, she’d join a long list of actors who won their first Oscar on their inaugural nomination.

Recent champs to strike Oscar gold on their first nominations include:

1. Allison Janney

2. Mahershala Ali

3. Brie Larson

4. Mark Rylance

5. Alicia Vikander

6. Eddie Redmayne

7. Patricia Arquette

8. J.K. Simmons

9. Matthew McConaughey

10.Jared Leto

11. Lupita Nyong’o

Based on James Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name, “Beale Street,” which opens Nov. 30, follows about two childhood best friends, 22-year-old Fonny Hunt (Stephan James) and 19-year-old
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