Fifteen years ago, at the 2002 Academy Awards, Halle Berry made Oscar history as the first ever black woman to win the Best Actress Award for her role in Monster’s Ball. However, fifteen years on, she is still the only woman of color ever to do so – and she’s not happy about it (we don’t blame her).
Halle Berry has recently spoken out about her Oscar win, and the 2016 Oscar Award ceremony, where nominated actors were all white. She has said it was ‘probably one of my lowest professional moments’ and brought back memories of her own incredible Oscar win, which she dedicated to ‘every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has the chance because this door tonight has been opened.’
But judging by the winners since this speech, the door has remained thoroughly closed, locked, bolted, and the key thrown away.
I sat there, and I remembered that speech. I don’t even know where that speech came from because I didn’t have a speech [planned].
However, she now believes her Oscar win and incredible speech was worthless.
Wow, that moment really meant nothing. It meant nothing. I thought it meant something, but I think it meant nothing.
Although women of color have been nominated in the more recent years – including Viola Davis, Ruth Negga, Gabourey Sidibe and Salma Hayek – none of them have won the coveted award.
I was profoundly hurt by that, and saddened by that. It inspired me to try to get involved in other ways, which is why I want to start directing. I want to start producing more. I want to start making more opportunities for people of color. I have conversations more deeply with Academy members, and I’m trying to figure out how to help and add more diversity into the Academy.
Obviously, something needs to change here and we love that Halle Berry is speaking out!