“Free Solo” has won the best documentary feature Academy Award.
The film follows elite rock-climber Alex Honnold’s attempt to ascend the famed El Capitan rock formation at Yosemite National Park without ropes.
The film was directed and co-produced by the husband-and-wife team of Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. Vasarhelyi thanked National Geographic, and specifically called them out for hiring female directors. She ended her speech by saying the film is “for everyone who believes in the impossible.”
Regina King is the winner of the Academy Award for best supporting actress. The win comes for her performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
It’s the first Oscar and first nomination for King, who has won three Emmy Awards for her work on television.
King thanked author James Baldwin, whose novel is the basis for the film from director Barry Jenkins.
The actress thanked her mother, who was in the audience, and said she is an example of what happens when someone is supported and loved.