Speaking at the MAKERS Conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, actress Halle Berry shared her unhappiness about the lack of diversity at the 2016 Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences didn’t nominate a single actor from black or ethnic backgrounds for the Oscars for the second consecutive year.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee earlier announced that they would be boycotting the 2016 Oscars, sparking a controversy and a groundswell of dissent. Berry is the latest black industry professional to vent her feelings.
“To sit here almost 15 years later and know that another woman of colour has not walked through that door is heartbreaking,” Berry said. “It’s heartbreaking, because I thought that moment was bigger than me. It’s heartbreaking to start to think maybe it wasn’t. And I so desperately felt like it was,” Berry was quoted in an article by The Guardian.
In 2002, Berry took home the Oscar for Best Actress for her role as a poor Southern woman in Monster’s Ball.
“Honestly, that win almost 15 years ago was iconic. It was important to me, but I had the knowing in the moment that it was bigger than me. I believed in that moment when I said: ‘The door tonight has been opened.’ I believed with every bone in my body that this was going to incite change because this door, this barrier, had been broken.”