Regina King Kicks Off Oscars 2021 with Epic Entrance, Explains Masks Protocol at the Event (Video)

There’s no host at the 2021 Academy Awards, but Regina King kicked things off by welcoming the audience to the show at this year’s event!

The 50-year-old Oscar-winning actress made an epic entrance through the halls of Union Station while walking to the stage of the show on Sunday night (April 25) in Los Angeles.

When Regina arrived on stage, she opened the show with a speech about social justice and the pandemic. She also explained the masks protocol at the event, revealing that they’re treating the show like a movie set.

“When we’re rolling, masks off. And when we’re not rolling, masks on,” she said.

Regina also commented on the Derek Chauvin trial. She said, “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… I know that a lot of you people at home want to reach for your remote when you feel like Hollywood is preaching to you—but as a mother of a Black son, I know the fear that so many live with, and no amount of fame or fortune changes that.”

Earlier in the night, Regina walked the red carpet with Aldis Hodge, who stars in the movie One Night Miami, a film she directed.

FYI: Regina is wearing a Louis Vuitton dress and Forevermark jewelry.