After 30 years, Halle Berry is starting to receive more of the recognition she deserves. This year’s Celebration of Black Cinema and Television, powered by the Critic’s Choice Association, took place Monday, December 6th at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
While accepting her Career Achievement Award, Berry gave an inspirational and emotional speech. “When I started 30 years ago, there weren’t rooms like this where I could go and feel affirmed or esteemed. I was often alone. I was only one of the few black people in the room. Searching to find my value, searching to find my worth, feel accomplished” she stated.
Since the early 90s, she has brought to life many unforgettable characters. To note a few; Angela in Boomerang, Nisi in B*A*P*S, Storm in X-Men, and Dorothy in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. “So, for 30 years, to be standing here as not only an actor, but a Director remaining authentic and true to myself is probably one of the greatest joys of my life. I’m so happy to share this moment with all of you.” As the room fell silent over her words, it leaves many to truly reflect on the work that Berry has accomplished.
Halle Berry calls to those who are “alone” while on red carpets. She encourages women that doesn’t define who they are as a creative. “I feel heartbroken that nobody stands next to me, but we should not covet awards. Awards do not define our work, awards do not define our talent. If no one ever stands beside me, it doesn’t mean that we are not worthy and we are not doing the work.”
All in all, one cannot forget Halle Berry’s contribution to cinema as an actress and now Director. Her Netflix film Bruised was just first of many directing opportunities for her and we anticipate her next big project.