Halle Berry is opening up about “shocking” feelings after her historic Oscar win nearly 20 years ago.
The actress brought her directorial debut “Bruised”, in which she also appeared as an MMA Fighter at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and moderator Amanda Paris about her award milestone during a virtual chat on Friday Opened up with.
Berry, who appeared at the festival’s video conference in a black print top, had white hair and sat on a white couch on a gray brick wall, at that moment she was named Best Actress Oscar for “Monsar’s Ball” in 2002. Was called for . ”
“It was one of these out-of-the-body experiences,” Berry said. “I really had no belief that I would win. At the time, the Golden Globe was the precursor to the Oscars and I had not won the Golden Globe … so when my name was called, I really wasn’t. I made a speech. . I didn’t know what I was going to say. And my subconscious took over and I said what was on my soul, what was on my heart. ”
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During her Oscar speech, Berry was overcome with the feeling that she would call the moment “much bigger than that” and dedicated her Oscar to “every nameless, colorless woman who now has the chance”.
To date, Berry remains the only black woman to have won the Oscar for Best Actress despite the strong acting of stars such as Cynthia Arrivo, who was nominated for “Loving” in 2017, or Ruth Negga for “Loving.” Both were defeated.
“I have a heartache,” Berry continued, “because I really thought that night meant that soon after that, other women of color, black women, would stand up to me. So it’s been 20 years now. And no one has. ” So when Oscar time comes, I become very reflective. I think, ‘Okay, maybe, this year.’ And it is shocking that no one else has stood there. ”
Still, Friday proved to be a banner moment for Berry as the news hit that Netflix scooped her incomplete “Bruised” to Deadline for a deal and Variety says it is worth close to $ 20 million dollars.
“I’ve been blown away,” Berry said of the sale. “Our film is in progress. We took a shot to present it at the festival but we still have work to do on it. COVID has slowed our progress … it’s been a struggle. So it has to be received. ” Purchased at this early stage, it is a thrill. “
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Berry called “Bruised” a “classic fight film”, noting that it was well-liked since it first met. “When I first read this script, it was not written for someone like me, it was written for a 25-year-old white Irish Catholic girl.
“My job was to find out how I could convince the producers who had the rights to this film, to let me reinstate it for a middle-aged black woman and how I could play this fighter And how can I tell this story, “she baffled.” It was a journey. “