Halle Berry’s Oscar win wasn’t everything that she figured it would be. The star cast in blockbuster movies like John Wick Parabellum, X-men, Die Another Day won an Oscar for Best Actress in Monster’s Ball in the year 2002. She Covered the latest issue of Variety
and opened up about why she considered the aftermath of those awards to be one of her “biggest heartbreaks.” In retrospect, Berry discussed it was naive to think a statue would change anything.
“The morning after, I thought, ‘Wow, I was chosen to open a door.’ And then, to have no one …,” she said. “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. It felt so much bigger than me, mainly because I knew others should have been there before me and they weren’t.”
The Oscar-winner Halle Berry added “I think it’s largely because there was no place for someone like me. I thought, ‘Oh, all these great scripts are going to come my way; these great directors are going to be banging on my door.’ It didn’t happen,” she says. “It actually got a little harder. They call it the Oscar curse You’re expected to turn in award-worthy performances.”
“Just because I won an award doesn’t mean that, magically, the next day, there was a place for me,” added Berry. “I was just continuing to forge a way out of no way.”
Halle Berry reflected on her Oscar winning moment “The only thing I remember is somehow I was up on the stage, and I remember Russell (presenter) whispering in my ear, ‘Breathe, mate. Breathe,'” she recalled. “Then I remember I turned around and saw all the faces and started talking.”
In her speech, Berry spoke about breaking down barriers and alluded to a new era that would allow more Black women to succeed in the future.
Despite high hopes, no other Black women have won the oscar since Halle Berry
“I thought Cynthia (Erivo, in Harriet) was going to do it last year. I thought Ruth (Negga, nominated for Loving) had a really good shot at it too,” Berry said. “I thought there were women that rightfully, arguably, could have, should have. I hoped they would have, but why it hasn’t gone that way, I don’t have the answer.”
Halle also talked about her previous movies like catwoman and said “But I was just the actor for hire. I wasn’t the director. I had very little say over that.”
She went on to remedy feeling of not having a say by starring and making her directorial debut with Bruised.
“I definitely feel like there’s a turning point,” Berry says about the forward movement for women directors. “I’m more encouraged that as women, we are feeling confident enough to tell our stories. And there is a place for us to tell our stories. For so long, our experiences have been told narratively through the guise of men.”
Bruised is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival later this month.