Halle Berry Talked About Her Oscar Win And Catwoman

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Five Black women have been nominated for Best Actress since 2002, and Halle herself believes that Ruth Negga’s performance in Loving (2016) or Cynthia Erivo’s in Harriet (2019) should have won the award.

In the interview, she also discussed the obstacles she faced to get good roles after her win. “Just because I won an award doesn’t mean that, magically, the next day, there was a place for me.”

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“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. It actually got a little harder. They call it the Oscar curse.”

Regarding Catwoman — probably her most infamous film — Halle said she took the leading role because “[it was] a great chance for a woman of color to be a superhero. Why wouldn’t I try this?”

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No matter how you feel about the film itself, you really can’t argue with that logic.

She knew the plot of the movie wasn’t great and discussed it with the creative team, asking, “Why can’t Catwoman save the world like Batman and Superman do? Why is she just saving women from a face cream that cracks their face off?”

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You have to wonder what Catwoman might’ve looked like if Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) or Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) had been in charge.

In her new film Bruised, Halle plays Jackie Justice, a middle-aged mixed martial arts fighter who decides to get back in the ring.


Halle is no stranger to intense action roles, as evidenced by her superhero roles and her performance as Sofia in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

Regarding the differences between acting and directing, she said that, “as an actor, I always show up and do my part, and I can only do what I can do. Being the director, I have a part in the totality of every department. I get to have a voice.”

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Personally, I can’t wait to see Halle onscreen again! And hopefully, it won’t take another 18 years for another BIPOC actor to win Best Actress.

You can read the entire interview here.

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