Halle Berry Said Her Oscar Win Ended Up Being One of Her "Biggest Heartbreaks"

Halle Berry Said Her Oscar Win Ended Up Being One of Her "Biggest Heartbreaks"
Halle Berry Said Her Oscar Win Ended Up Being One of Her "Biggest Heartbreaks"
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Never stop being you, Halle.

Halle Berry’s 2002 Oscar win for her performance in Monster’s Ball felt like a defining moment for film culture. She was the first Black woman to win the award for best actress, but, unfortunately, she was also the last.

“I thought Cynthia [Erivo] was going to do it last year,” Berry told Variety. “I thought Ruth [Negga] 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.”

Despite the personal accomplishment, looking back Berry describes the ordeal as one of her “biggest heartbreaks.”

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“The morning after, I thought, ‘Wow, I was chosen to open a door.’ And then, to have no one … I question, ‘Was that an important moment, or was it just an important moment for me?’ I wanted to believe it was so much bigger than me. It felt so much bigger than me, mainly because I knew others should have been there before me and they weren’t.”

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Even for Berry personally, the historic win didn’t carve out a perfect path through Hollywood “Just because I won an award doesn’t mean that, magically, the next day, there was a place for me,” she said. “I was just continuing to forge a way out of no way.”

Though a Black woman has not won the Oscar for best actress since 2002, several Black women have taken home supporting actress awards in the years before and since Berry’s win, including Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, Lupita Nyong’o, and Viola Davis.