George Clooney still holds the award for most arrogant response to #OscarsSoWhite. I don’t even think that will ever be in contention. But by golly, Halle Berry is definitely gunning for the next top spot.
Filmmakers and actors should tell the truth, she said, “and the films, I think, that are coming out of Hollywood aren’t truthful.”
Her reasoning: Films “aren’t really depicting the importance and the involvement and the participation of people of color in our American culture,” Berry said.
Berry is the only black woman to win an Oscar for lead actress, and she said she’s “heartbroken’ her award for 2001’s Monster’s Ball didn’t lead to more women of color being cast in leading roles.
Wake up and look around, filmmakers, she urged.
“Unfortunately we see films that are set in Chicago, New York, Atlanta — big metropolitan cities — and they’re devoid of people of color,” she said.
Two things. One, without going to IMDB, does anyone remember what movie she got an award for and/or any movie she’s done since?
You cheated. You went to IMDB. I knew it would happen. You should still be ashamed of yourself.
The correct answer was “Monster’s Ball.” Don’t worry if you haven’t seen it. Nobody has. It’s not a particularly good film, but most of all, it’s completely unentertaining. Outside of that one gifted Academy Award, Halle Berry has starred in nothing but pure bargain-bin trash. I don’t think she’s a bad actress by any means, but she’s never made a good film.
The other (and this was a point that Janet Hubert made about Will Smith) is what has Halle Berry done to help increase diversity in movies? How has she used her “iconic award” (her words) to help people of color in the movie industry? People can mock Tyler Perry all they want and complain that he’s friends with Glenn Beck, but he at least puts his money where his mouth is and creates opportunities for minorities both in front of and behind the cameras.
What has Halle Berry done? Also, who in their right mind is so arrogant to refer to themselves as “iconic?”
Final note: Let’s be real here, Halle Berry is an unbelievable white-looking black woman. I had a crush on her when I was a little boy and saw her as the sexy intern in “The Flintstones.” I genuinely had zero clue that she was black. I just saw her as hot. Also, when compared to Halle’s resume which followed, “sexy secretary #2” in the real-life adaptation of “The Flintstones” will no doubt be recorded as her most compelling performance. Iconic, if you will…