Halle Berry Recalls Historic Oscars Win For ‘Monster’s Ball’

Written by on September 9, 2020

Halle Berry made historical past when she received an Academy Award in 2002. However right now she’s expressing a level of disappointment.

In receiving an Oscar for her efficiency in Monster’s Ball, she grew to become the primary Black girl to ever take dwelling the trophy for finest actress.

When she obtained the award, she thanked the ladies who got here earlier than her, together with Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne and Diahann Carroll, and likewise proclaimed she’d opened the door for “each, anonymous, faceless girl of colour” hoping to sooner or later turn out to be an actress.

Now Berry is slated to make her debut as a options director on the Toronto Movie Competition with the drama Bruised. Talking with Variety, Berry says she’s in disbelief that not one other Black girl has taken dwelling an Oscar for finest actress since she did 18 years in the past.

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“I assumed Cynthia [Erivo, for Harriet] was going to do it final 12 months,” she says. “I assumed Ruth [Negga, nominated for 2016’s Loving] had a extremely good shot at it too. I assumed there have been ladies that rightfully, arguably, might have, ought to have. I hoped they might have, however why it hasn’t gone that approach, I don’t have the reply.”

Berry says her Oscar’s win for Monster’s Ball remains to be one in every of her “greatest heartbreaks.”

“The morning after, I assumed, ‘Wow, I used to be chosen to open a door.’ After which, to have nobody … I query, ‘Was that an vital second, or was it simply an vital second for me?’” she stated. “I wished to consider it was a lot larger than me. It felt a lot larger than me, primarily as a result of I knew others ought to have been there earlier than me they usually weren’t.”

Berry added that the lesson in all of that is that the Academy nonetheless has an extended option to go with regards to inclusion. “Simply because I received an award doesn’t imply that, magically, the subsequent day, there was a spot for me,” she stated. “I used to be simply persevering with to forge a approach out of no approach.”

Halle Berry performs a combined martial arts fighter in Bruised, which premieres on the Toronto Movie Competition on September 12.

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