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#28DaysofBlackCinemaHistory: Halle Berry

Updated: Feb 9, 2021

📸: Peter Brooker/REX

"This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It's for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it's for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened. “

In 2002, Halle Berry became the first black woman in Academy history to win Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in “Monster’s Ball.” So far, she’s the only Black woman to have received this honor.

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