In a candid interview, Halle Berry has revealed why she looks back on her 2002 Oscar win with a tinge of sadness.
What she has to say is so important...
The Oscar-buzz is well and truly in full swing...
Hollywood is already gearing up for this year's upcoming Academy Awards - scheduled for April 25th.
But the looming nominations has got one A-lister reflecting...
Halle Berry has opened up about her landslide win nearly 2 decades ago, but she has gone on to admit she's now "heartbroken."
Now, of course, Berry has had a long and illustrious career.
But she came from a dark past.
She's recalled in the past her father's abusiveness towards her mother...Berry has, in fact, been estranged from her father since the age of 4.
She began her career on the beauty pageant scene.
Winning Miss Ohio USA in 1986, before going on to be the first African-American Miss World entrant later that year.
Soon after, Berry embarked on modeling and acting.Although when she first moved to New York to pursue her dreams, she spent her first 5 weeks sleeping in a homeless shelter.
Things did take off for the star, though.Berry began getting recurring roles in a range of smaller daytime sitcoms and soaps, including Knots Landing.
After this, Berry embarked on her movie career.Her first role was in Spike Lee's 1991 film, Jungle Fever.
Her career blossomed in the '90s...
But it wasn't until the '00s when she really become a certified superstar.
Berry was a star of many of the X-Men movies.She was also the first (and currently only) Black actress to win the Best Actress Oscar, for 2001's Monster's Ball.
She's even been a Bond girl.Starring in Die Another Day, Berry recreated the iconic Bond girl beach scene to perfection!
Thanks to her 2002 Leading Actress Oscar win, Berry thought she had finally broken down doors for other Women of Color.
But it seems things haven't exactly gone the way she hoped.
The star is once again back in the Oscar mix for her directorial debut Bruised, which she also starred in...
But, upon reflecting on her success, she says the whole thing is actually "heartbreaking."
The star told The Mirror that she is heartbroken her groundbreaking win nearly 2 decades ago didn't prompt a change in the Academy.
"This moment is so much bigger than me," she said on the Oscar stage nearly twenty years ago. "This award is for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened."
Now, Berry looks back on that moment through a lens tinged with sadness.
"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," she told the Mirror.
Instead, subsequent winners included:
Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Hilary Swank, Reese Witherspoon, Helen Mirren, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson, Emma Stone, Frances McDormand, Olivia Colman and Renee Zellweger.
In fact, it wouldn't be until Gabourey Sidibe's nomination in 2009 for Precious that a Black woman would even be recognized again in the leading category.
She was then followed by Viola Davis, Quvenzhane Wallis, Ruth Negga, and Cynthia Erivo totalling up to a measly 5 Black nominees since Berry's win.
In 2016, it looked as though people had finally had enough.
At the time, for the second year in a row, every acting nominee for the Academy Awards was white, leading to the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trending.
In response, the Academy has attempted to make steps toward diversifying its nominees as well as its membership.
For instance, the success of Marvel's Black Panther was a big step in the right direction.
Though, that's not to say there isn't a lot of work still to do.
Berry has been doing a lot of thinking.
"Now it's been twenty years and no one has [won], and so every time Oscar time comes around, I get very reflective and I think, 'Well maybe this year, maybe this year,'" she said. 'It has become heartbreaking that no one else has stood there."
Nevertheless, she still remains incredibly proud of her win.
"That moment mattered because so many people have come up to me over the years and told me how that moment shifted their thinking about what they could achieve, what they aspire to do or what they believed they could do – that they were touched by that moment.
"That is the value that I know is real."
It's about time more Women of Color were recognized in the Academy for their incredible work.
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