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    Halle Berry Can't Believe She's Still The Only Black Woman To Win Best Actress, And She Knows That "Catwoman" Wasn't Great

    "I wanted to believe it was so much bigger than me."

    Halle Berry has had a long and successful career, and made history in 2002 as the first Black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress.

    Halle Berry in Monster's Ball and at an event in 2019

    In an interview with Variety about her new film Bruised — which she stars in and DIRECTED, thank you very much — Halle called her historic win "one of [her] biggest heartbreaks,” because 18 years later, she's *still* the only Black woman to win Best Actress.

    Halle Berry winning her Best Actress Oscar

    Halle told the magazine, "The morning after, I thought, ‘Wow, I was chosen to open a door.’ And then, to have no one … I question, ‘Was that an important moment, or was it just an important moment for me?’ I wanted to believe it was so much bigger than me."

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    Five Black women have been nominated for Best Actress since 2002, and Halle herself believes that Ruth Negga's performance in Loving (2016) or Cynthia Erivo's in Harriet (2019) should have won the award.

    In the interview, she also discussed the obstacles she faced to get good roles after her win. "Just because I won an award doesn’t mean that, magically, the next day, there was a place for me.”

    Halle Berry as Storm in X-Men and Jinx in Die Another Day

    Regarding Catwoman — probably her most infamous film — Halle said she took the leading role because "[it was] a great chance for a woman of color to be a superhero. Why wouldn’t I try this?”

    Halle Berry as Catwoman

    She knew the plot of the movie wasn't great and discussed it with the creative team, asking, "Why can’t Catwoman save the world like Batman and Superman do? Why is she just saving women from a face cream that cracks their face off?"

    Halle Berry and Benjamin Bratt in Catwoman

    In her new film Bruised, Halle plays Jackie Justice, a middle-aged mixed martial arts fighter who decides to get back in the ring.

    Regarding the differences between acting and directing, she said that, “as an actor, I always show up and do my part, and I can only do what I can do. Being the director, I have a part in the totality of every department. I get to have a voice."

    Personally, I can't wait to see Halle on screen again! And hopefully it won't take another 18 years for another BIPOC actor to win Best Actress.

    You can read the entire interview here.