Do you remember watching Regina King as a teenager on the hit sitcom 227? Unlike so many child actors who transition in Hollywood as adult stars, King has not only created a career–she has sustained one over four decades as a triple threat: voice actor (The Boondocks), director (Being Mary Jane, This Is Us), and leading lady (Seven Seconds). Now, Regina King has been nominated for best actress in a supporting role for her turn in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Regina King has been in several shows and movies that have done well, but If Beale Street Could Talk has been racking up nominations this award season. Surprisingly, this is her first ever Academy Award nomination (we thought she deserved one for Ray-ahem). She is in competition with  Amy Adams, Marina de Tavira, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz for that golden trophy.

The prospects of another win for this role are strong: King earned a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Sharon Rivers, a mother intent on freeing her daughter’s soulmate from wrongful imprisonment in If Beale Street Could Talk.

The 91st annual Academy Awards will be held on February 24.