Halle Berry, First And Only Black Women To Win Academy Awards For Best Actress Back In 2002

Halle Berry, First And Only Black Women To Win Academy Awards For Best Actress Back In 2002

Updated on February 09, 2022 16:33 PM by Anna P

Halley Berry has to wait for another year for her dream of another African American woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. The Most Awaited, The Oscar Nominations was aired, on February 8, Tuesday. Halle Berry is the only Black Woman who bagged the Academy Awards for Best Actress for her 2001 performance in “Monster’s Ball” in 2002. The Actress recently made an appearance on ABC’s Soul of a Nation Presents: Screen Queens Rising special, and she opened up her heart and said it’s incredible that it has been two decades since her win.

Halle Berry is ‘Heartbroken’

“You know, I’ve been asked this question so many times as if I should have the answer. But I don’t. But I will say this: I do feel completely heartbroken that no other woman is standing next to me in 20 years”, she said.The ‘Bruised’ actress and director believed that her win in 2002 would change a lot of things, “I thought that I would have the script truck back up to my front door and I’d have an opportunity to play any role I wanted. That didn’t happen. But what I do know happened that night is that so many people of color got inspired”.Halle told ABC that “When I look around, and I see my brothers and sisters working and thriving and telling their own stories from their point of view. I’m proud of that, and I see the movement forward. And I think that night inspired so many of those people to dream those dreams”.

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So far, 6 Black Women Won Best Supporting Actress Awards

Over the past 15 years, six Black women have won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress: 

Jennifer Hudson for “Dreamgirls” in 2006,

Mo’Nique for “precious” in 2009,

Octavia Spencer for “The Help” in 2011

Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave” in 2013

Viola Davis for “Fences” in 2016

Regina King for “If Beale Street Could Talk” in 2018.

2022: Two nominees for best-supporting female

Aunjanue Ellis was nominated for her role as the mother of tennis Venus and Serena Williams in the King Richard biopic.Ariana DuBose was nominated for her role as Puerto Rican immigrant Anita in Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story.

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