Daily Archives: March 24, 2012

Halle Berry becomes first African-American to win Best Actress at Oscars 10 years ago tonight (2002)

(Sunday, March 24, 2002) — Halle Berry became the first African-American performer to win a Best Actress Oscar tonight at the 74th Academy Awards, for her work in Monster’s Ball.

Denzel Washington became the second black actor, after Sidney Poitier, to win in the best actor category for Training Day.

A Beautiful Mind, the biopic about schizophrenic Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash, won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Ron Howard.