Black history was rewritten yet again Sunday night at the 72nd Emmy Awards as Regina King made history with her fourth Emmy win, many thanks to David Lindelof’s “Watchmen.”
King clinched the coveted award for lead actress in a limited series or movie for her portrayal of Angela Abar (a.k.a. Sister Night) in the HBO superhero drama, making her fourth Emmy and therefore tying the record held by Alfre Woodard for most acting Emmys won by a Black performer.
Watchmen is an American superhero drama limited television series based on the 1986 DC Comics series Watchmen, created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The TV series was created for HBO by Damon Lindelof, who also served as an executive producer and writer.
Regina King’s acclaimed performance fetched her the honours, beating fierce competitors Shira Haas (Netflix’s “Unorthodox”), Octavia Spencer (Netflix’s “Self Made”), Cate Blanchett (FX on Hulu’s “Mrs. America”), and Kerry Washington (Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere”). King’s nomination was one of 11 nominations for “Watchmen,” the most recognized program at the 2020 Primetime Emmys.
In an interview with IndieWire earlier this year, King said of her now Emmy-winning “Watchmen” role, “I feel like roles find people. The simple, cosmic answer at the same time is the role chose me, but getting into the weeds of it, Damon [Lindelof] sent the script and I was on board before I even read it, because Damon wrote it. I had not seen the film at that time. I’d never read the comic books, but I had been a fan of Damon’s work. And my experience working with him on ‘Leftovers’ was exceptional.”
In addition to her being recognized for her performance in “Watchmen,” King previously won the lead actress in a limited series or movie Emmy in 2018 for “Seven Seconds.” In 2015 and 2016 she won in the supporting actress in a limited series or movie category for her performances in “American Crime” (playing different characters each time).