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Halle Berry is sad about the lack of progress that has been made on the Hollywood awards circuit over the past two decades.
Twenty years after making history as the first woman of color to take home the coveted honor for her performance in “Monsters’ Ball,” a movie about racism and redemption, she remains the only Black woman to win an Oscar for best actress.
“I do feel completely heartbroken that there’s no other woman standing next to me in 20 years,” Berry during a new interview for ABC/Hulu’s “Soul of Nation” special “Screen Queens Rising,” which focuses on the journeys of Black actresses in Hollywood.
“I thought, like everybody else, that night meant a lot of things would change,” she added. “That there would be other women. I thought 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. No other woman is standing there.”
Since the 2002 win, only six Black women have been nominated for the top acting prize from the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences: Gabourey Sidibe, Quvenzhané Wallis, Ruth Negga, Cynthia Erivo, Andra Day and Viola Davis.
But through the years, the 55-year-old Cleveland native continued to blaze Hollywood trails; in the 2002 James Bond film “Die Another Day” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” in 2006.
And although Berry’s turn headlining 2004 “Catwoman” was universally panned by critics, the Pitof-helmed spectacle stood as the highest grossing female-led superhero film until 2017′s “Wonder Woman.”
The former Revlon spokeswoman — who made her directorial debut in Netflix’s recently-released fight drama “Bruised”— takes delight in the strides her contemporaries are making without the awards recognition.
“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,” Berry said. “And I see the movement forward. And I think that night inspired so many of those people to dream those dreams.”