In 2002 Halle Berry won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monster’s Ball
The "Monster's Ball" actress Halle Berry was quite upset when she realized that no black actress has won the coveted title.
In 2002 the actress won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monster's Ball and nearly 20 years later no black woman has received the prestigious accolade, reports Yahoo.
Halle Berry in her interview with Mirror expressed her dissatisfaction. She said, "The heartbreak I have is because I really thought that night meant that very soon after that, other women of color, Black women, would stand beside me. Now it's been 20 years and no one has, and so every time Oscar time comes around, I get very reflective and I think, 'Well maybe this year, maybe this year.'"
It's not the first time Berry has reflected on her expectations for Hollywood and the fact that no other Black woman has followed her historic win.
In Variety last fall, Berry shared, "I thought Cynthia (Erivo, the star of Harriet) was going to do it last year. I thought Ruth (Negga, nominated for 2016's Loving) had a really good shot at it too. I thought there were women that rightfully, arguably, could have, should have. I hoped they would have, but why it hasn't gone that way, I don't have the answer."
When Berry took the stage to accept her award in 2002, she said to the audience, "This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It's for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it's for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened."
Berry is again in the news for Oscar contention conversation for her movie "Bruised." The 54 year old starred and directed the movie. Hailey's character was conceived as a 25-year-old white Irish woman. The actor had to work hard to prove to the producers that she was the right person for this martial arts fighter comeback story.