According to Halle Berry her historic Oscar win in 2002 hasn’t done much to reshape the racial landscape of Hollywood.

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During a talk with Teen Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Elaine Welteroth at this year’s Cannes Lions Festival, she discussed her sentiments about the boycott that took place in 2015 against the Oscars after a noticeable shutout of nominees of color.

“Two Oscars ago, whenever we had the all blackout, I sat there and I thought, ‘Wow, that moment really meant nothing,” she said. “That meant nothing, I thought it meant something, but I think it meant nothing.”


It was in 2002 that Berry was the first and only Black woman to earn the distinction of Best Actress.

She went on to say that he’d be stepping behind the camera in an effort to create more opportunities for a diverse group of creatives.

“I was profoundly hurt by that and saddened by that,” she said of the boycott. “And it inspired me to try and get involved in other ways, which is why I want to start directing, I want to start producing more, I want to start being a part of making more opportunities for people of color.”