Award Shows February 02, 2016
Halle Berry Looks Back at Oscar Win: 'I Thought That Moment Was Bigger Than Me'
Actress Halle Berry, the only woman of color to win a Best Actress Oscar, is heartbroken about the controversy surrounding the Academy Awards.
While speaking at this year's MAKERS Conference in Palos Verdes, CA, she said, “Honestly, that win almost 15 years ago was iconic, it was important to me, but I had the knowing in the moment that it was bigger than me. I believed that in that moment, that when I said, 'The door tonight has been opened,' I believed that with every bone in my body that this was going to incite change because this door, this barrier, had been broken.”
She continued, “And to sit here almost 15 years later, and knowing that another woman of color has not walked through that door, is heartbreaking. It's heartbreaking, because I thought that moment was bigger than me. It's heartbreaking to start to think maybe it wasn't bigger than me. Maybe it wasn't, and I so desperately felt like it was.”
Berry also addressed the problem with Hollywood films today. “It's really about truth-telling,” Halle said. “And as filmmakers and as actors, we have a responsibility to tell the truth. And the films, I think, that are coming out of Hollywood aren't truthful. And the reason they're not truthful these days is that they're not really depicting the importance and the involvement and the participation of people of color in our American culture.”
For more with Halle and to hear her thoughts on sexism in Hollywood, watch the video.