Halle Berry calls Oscars diversity problem 'heartbreaking'

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Halle Berry, the first African-American woman to have won a Best Actress Oscar, thinks it's "heartbreaking" that "another woman of color has not walked through that door."

Berry won the prize in 2002 for her role in "Monster's Ball," and recalled her acceptance speech almost 15 years later while echoing widespread concerns about diversity in Hollywood on Tuesday at the the Makers Conference in Los Angeles.

"Honestly, that win almost 15 years ago was iconic," Berry said, according to The Guardian. "It was important to me, but I had the knowing in the moment that it was bigger than me. I believed in that moment when I said: 'The door tonight has been opened.' I believed with every bone in my body that this was going to incite change because this door, this barrier, had been broken."

Here are her exact words from her teary eyed acceptance speech:

"This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It's for the women that stand beside me – Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it's for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened."

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Halle Berry, a cast member in the television series "Extant," poses with her husband Olivier Martinez at the premiere of the series on Monday, June 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Actor and president of the Champs-Elysees Film Festival Olivier Martinez, left, poses with Actress Halle Berry prior to the screening of the film "Things we Lost in the Fire" with the french title "Nos Souvenirs Brules" during the Champs-Elysees Film Festival, at the "Publicis Cinema" in Paris, Thursday, June 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Halle Berry, right, a cast member in "Cloud Atlas," poses with her fiance' Olivier Martinez at the premiere of the film at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: (Exclusive Coverage) Eric Ryd and Halle Berry unveil 'Scandale Paris' at Laduree Soho on October 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Scandale Paris)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: (Exclusive Coverage) Halle Berry unveils 'Scandale Paris' at Laduree Soho on October 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Scandale Paris)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: (Exclusive Coverage) Halle Berry unveils 'Scandale Paris' at Laduree Soho on October 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Scandale Paris)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: (Exclusive Coverage) Halle Berry unveils 'Scandale Paris' at Laduree Soho on October 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Scandale Paris)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Actress Halle Berry attends the 2014 God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards at Spring Studios on October 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
Halle Berry poses in the press room at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 8: Halle Berry at CBS This Morning in New York City on July 8, 2014. Credit: RW/MediaPunch/IPX
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: (L-R) Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue Anna Wintour, Michael Kors and Halle Berry attend God's Love We Deliver, Golden Heart Awards on October 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0081 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Halle Berry during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on July 8, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK NY - JULY 07: Halle Berry sighting on July 07, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 07: Halle Berry arrives for the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on July 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Actor Olivier Martinez and actress Halle Berry attend the premiere of 'Extant' at California Science Center on June 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Actress Halle Berry poses with the Global Icon Award in the press room during the Huading Film Awards on June 1, 2014 at Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Huading Film Awards is China's #1 Film awards, in the U.S. for the first time. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Huading Film Awards)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Actress Halle Berry is seen at the 2014 CBS Upfront at Carnegie Hall on May 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
Actress Halle Berry arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Halle Berry, a cast member in "Cloud Atlas," poses with her fiance' Olivier Martinez at the premiere of the film at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Halle Berry, a cast member in "Cloud Atlas," mingles with her fiance' Olivier Martinez at the premiere of the film at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Actress Halle Berry attends The Fragrance Foundation's 2011 FiFi Awards at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Actress Halle Berry, left, and actor Olivier Martinez arrive at the 32nd Annual Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Actors Olivier Martinez (L) and Halle Berry attend Premiere Of CBS Television Studios & Amblin Television's 'Extant' at California Science Center on June 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Halle Berry, left, and daughter Nahla Aubry attend Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: Get The Sillies Out! 50+ city tour kick-off performance on Thanksgiving weekend at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Friday Nov. 23, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for GabbaCaDabra, LLC./AP Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Actress Halle Berry and her daughter, Nahla Ariela Aubry, as seen on May 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 26: Halle Berry and daughter Nahla Aubry are seen shopping in Century City on July 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 21: Halle Berry takes her daughter, Nahla Ariela Aubry to Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch on October 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lory Ayala/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
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Or maybe it hasn't. The voting body of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences failed to nominate a single person of color in this year's acting categories. Since then, a number of actors, filmmakers and executives have expressed their concern about diversity at the Oscars. Jada Pinkett Smith, and her "Concussion" star husband Will Smith, have both said they don't plan to attend this year's ceremony on Feb. 28.

"To sit here almost 15 years later, and knowing that another woman of color has not walked through that door, is heartbreaking," added Berry. "It's heartbreaking, because I thought that moment was bigger than me. It's heartbreaking to start to think maybe it wasn't bigger than me. Maybe it wasn't. And I so desperately felt like it was."

The Academy has since announced "a sweeping series of substantive changes" to its rules to promote diversity in Academy membership, but very little has been done so far.

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Best Picture

The Big Short

(Photo via Paramount Pictures)

Best Picture

Bridge of Spies

(Photo via DreamWorks II Distribution Co.)

Best Picture

Brooklyn

(Photo via Fox Searchlight)

Best Picture

Mad Max: Fury Road

(Photo via Warner Bros. Pictures)

Best Picture

The Martian

(Photo via 20th Century Fox)

Best Picture

The Revenant

(Photo via Twentieth Century Fox)

Best Picture

Room

(Photo via A24 Films)

Best Picture

Spotlight

(Photo via Open Road Films)

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston

(Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Best Actor

Matt Damon

(Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio

(Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Screen Actors Guild Foundation)

Best Actor

Michael Fassbender

(Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne

(Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Best Actress

Cate Blanchette

(Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Best Actress

Brie Larson

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence

(Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)

Best Actress

Charlotte Rampling

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/WireImage)

Best Actress

Saoirse Ronan

(Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

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"It's really about truth-telling," said Berry. "And as filmmakers and as actors, we have a responsibility to tell the truth. The films, I think, coming out of Hollywood aren't truthful. And the reason they're not truthful, these days, is that they're not really depicting the importance and the involvement and the participation of people of color in our American culture."

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