In 2002, Halle Berry won Academy Award For Best Actress, For Her Role In Monster Ball. Nearly 20 years later, Perry is still the only black woman to receive the coveted award – a distinction that bothers her.
“The heartbreak of my heart is because I really thought that night meant that very soon after that, other women of color, black women, would stand by my side. Now it’s been 20 years and there’s no one there, and so every time the Oscars come, I ponder hard and I think , “Well, maybe this year, maybe this year,” the 54-year-old said The Mirror In an interview. “It became heartbreaking that no one was standing there.”
Not the first time Perry has reflected on her expectations for Hollywood and the fact that no other black woman has followed her historic victory. at variety Last fall, Berry said, “I thought of Cynthia [Erivo, the star of Harriet] She would have been doing it last year. I thought Ruth [Negga, nominated for 2016’s Loving] I got a really good shot, too. I thought there were women who could have a right, and arguably, they should have. I was hoping they would, but why didn’t things go this way, I don’t have an answer. “
When Berry took the stage to receive her award in 2002, She said To the audience, “This moment is much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, and Deehan Carroll. It’s for the women standing next to me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And for every unidentified woman of color, she has a chance now because that door has been opened.” Tonight “.
Berry herself is traded again in a conversation rivaling Oscar, this time for her role in BruisingAnd the In which she starred and directed. The part she plays, which was portrayed as a 25-year-old white Irish woman, took a bit of ingenuity for Perry to plunge as she had to convince the producers that she was the right person for the martial arts fighter comeback story.
“I knew” as it was written “that the role could not be me. But what I liked was that it was a classic fighting movie.
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