11. 2002: Halle Berry Makes History As The First Black Woman To Win Best Actress
The uber-talented and drop-dead gorgeous actress made history as the first black woman to win Best Actress for her role in Monsters Ball at the 2002 Academy Awards. Her acceptance speech? Nothing short of awe-inspiring. That being said, Berry remains the only black woman to have won the Best Actress category to this day — and that is inherently telling.
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