Halle Berry says that she had felt that her Oscar win was bigger than her and she has been waiting for someone to join her ever since.
Back in 2001, Halle Berry’s Oscar win for the movie Monster Ball was a ray of hope for all people of color. For most colored actors who had been striving their whole life to make a point about gender and racial equality, it was a moment of jubilation.
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The actress herself was in tears as she gave her acceptance speech and we all thought things were going just uphill from there for all actors of color.
There had been some highlights in between when Octavia Spencer and Lupita N’yongo won the Best Supporting Actress Oscars but no other colored actress has won the coveted trophy for the Best Actress category.
This year the issue continues as no colored actor or actress made it to the nominations of all acting categories. Talking at the 2016 Makers Conference, a leadership confab near LA, she said that when she had won the Oscar, she had felt that the moment was bigger than her.
She said that it seemed like a door that had been opened for all colored actresses to walk through and join her. She said that she has now been waiting for 15 years but no one has joined her. She feels as though that moment in which she won was all her and she likes to believe that it was way bigger than her.
She admitted that the lack of diversity among the nominees was calling attention at a bigger issue at hand. That of Hollywood not making movies of substance.
What Hollywood is making right now, according to the actress, is not representative of the reality in which the African American and other ethnic populations play a major role.
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If these movies involved more actors from different ethnicities, then there will be a chance that the actors get better representation in the nominations.