As the Academy Awards draws closer, the debate on the lack of diversity in nominations rages on. Halle Berry, the winner of the Best Actress Oscar in 2001, is the latest to speak about #OscarsSoWhite debate.
The only black woman ever to ave won a Best Actress Oscar for her role in Monsters Ball, Berry says she is heartbroken by the lack of diversity.
“That win almost 15 years ago was iconic. I believed that in that moment, that when I said ‘The door tonight has been opened,’ I believed that with every bone in my body that this was going to incite change because this door, this barrier had been broken,” she actress said.
“And to sit here almost 15 years later, and knowing that another woman of colour has not walked through that door is heartbreaking. It is heartbreaking because I thought that moment was bigger than me. It’s heartbreaking to start to think maybe it wasn’t bigger than me.”
The actress has not commented on whether she will attend the ceremony on 28 February.
Her comments are the latest after a number of industry names such as Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee called for the boycott of this year’s show, but she placed the blame for lack of diversity on the shortage of ‘truthful’ storytelling.
“When we really live up to our responsibility in Hollywood and challenge ourselves to be truthful and tell the truth with our storytelling, then people of colour will be there in a real competitive way and it won’t be about inclusion or diversity because if we’re telling the truth, that inclusion and diversity will be a by-product of the truth and will naturally be there,” said Berry.
Following the furore over the nominations, Academy of Motion Pictures president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has promised ‘big changes’ for the awards which include plans to double the number of women and people from ethnic minorities in its membership by 2020.