Do you remember the day Halle Berry made history and became the first African-American woman to win an Oscar for the Best Actress in a leading role? I vividly recall her tearful speech from the 74th Academy Awards back in 2002. It was a heartfelt experience watching the strikingly beautiful Halle lose her calm composure and express her shock of winning for her gritty role in Monster’s Ball. Back then, I had mixed emotions about Halle’s outstanding achievement; On one hand, I was extremely proud of her but on the other disappointed that Halle had to remove her clothing to get the award. Today my opinion has drastically changed about her win. Halle received that accolade because she convincingly portrayed a person that was totally out of her character…a woman desperately seeking to feel good because the world was crumbling around her.
Well the nominations are out for the 82nd Academy Awards and Lee Daniels direction has brought two more talented actresses to the forefront. Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe is up for Best Actress in a lead and Mo’Nique is following with Best Supporting. Gabby poignantly displayed that a rose can grow through concrete and Mo’Nique made ugliness look good! This year I will be watching the Oscars not just for the fashion but because I’m rooting for both of these women to win for their commendable work in Precious. I would like to watch Mo’ make a graceful speech as large tears stream down her face without smearing her make up. And although Gabby is up against one of my all time favorite actresses, Meryl Streep, I still think she’s going to pull a Jennifer Hudson! Stay tuned to see if I’m correct on March 7th 2010.