Halle Berry has opened up about her historic Oscar win, describing it as one of her "biggest heartbreaks".
The actress became the first and, at present, only Black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress when she picked up the Oscar in 2002 for her performance in Monster's Ball.
However, what Berry saw as a potentially 'door-opening' moment from Black actresses at the Oscars, has turned out to be anything but.
"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," she told Variety.
"I thought Cynthia [Erivo] was going to do it last year. I thought Ruth [Negga] had a really good shoot at it too."
The X-Men star added: "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."
Berry went on to explain how her Oscar win didn't actually help her career, saying: "It actually got a little harder. They call it the Oscar curse. You’re expected to turn in award-worthy performances.”
"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.
"Just because I won an award doesn’t mean that, magically, the next day, there was a place for me. I was just continuing to forge a way out of no way."
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