Who was the first black woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress?
While black women have been nominated for the Best Actress award in the past, it wasn’t until 2002 that Halle Berry became the first to take an Oscar home. She received an award for her performance in “Monster’s Ball.” Berry is also the only black woman to ever win this award. Since 2002, three more black women have been nominated for Best Actress: Gabourey Sidibe, Viola Davis and Quvenzhan̩ Wallis. Sources: Forbes, African-American Registry.
Halle Maria Berry (born Maria Halle Berry; August 14, 1966) is an American actress, film producer, and former fashion model. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her performance in the romantic drama Monster’s Ball (2001), which made her the only black woman to win a Best Actress Academy Award to date, as of 2016.