Last month's nominations for the 2016 Oscars were met with
outcry over the omission of any actors of color for a second
year, with actor Will Smith and director Spike Lee saying they
would not attend the Feb. 28 awards ceremony.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and has since pledged to
increase the number of women and people of color into its ranks.
Berry won the best actress Oscar for her performance in
"Monster's Ball" in 2002 and, in her acceptance speech, said the
door had been opened to other women of color to win Hollywood
"That win almost 15 years ago was iconic, it was important to
me, but I had the knowing in the moment that it was bigger than
me. I believed that in that moment," she said at AOL's Makers
"I believed that with every bone in my body that this was going
to incite change because this door, this barrier, had been
broken. And to sit here almost 15 years later, and knowing that
another woman of color has not walked through that door, is
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