Actress Hallie Berry made history back in 2002 when she became the first woman of color to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her Oscar win is still revered and remembered as a catalyst for the conversation we have today regarding representation and diversity. The incredible milestone gave hope when it came to women of color, particularly black women, in Hollywood having their work recognized. In her acceptance speech, Berry highlighted the many black women before her who never got the recognition or praise they deserved.
‘This is for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened.’
Well 15 years later, Hallie Berry says that she is ‘profoundly hurt’ that nothing much has come out of that win. Since Hallie Berry, no other women of color has won the Best Actress Award. Recently talking with Teen Vogue Magazine, she says that it now feels meaningless.
“It’s troubling to say the least,” she began, adding that the 2015 Oscar race, in which no actors of color were nominated for major awards, “was probably one of my lowest professional moments.”
Despite her powerful acceptance speech, Berry said she now thinks, “Wow, that moment really meant nothing. It meant nothing. I thought it meant something but I think it meant nothing.”
While she does speak on her disappointment, she claims that this let down has inspired her as well.
“It inspired me to get involved in other ways, which is why I want to start directing, I want to start producing more. I want to start being a part of making more opportunities for people of color.”