Out in Hollywood there are many actors that I admire. Many. And when it comes to black actors, not only do I admire the great ones, but I cheer them on because they’re breaking down boundaries and jumping over brick walls that want to keep them playing junkies, dead beat dads, and “the help”. Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Will Smith, Alfre Woodard, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Angela Bassett–to name a few–are all wonderful talents and their gifts should be revered. Why is it though, that some actors are taking buckets of glory for nothing? After years of playing unchallenging and boring roles, act, they are recgonized as if they’ve gone above and beyond.
Angela Basset’s performance in What’s Love Got To Do With It?…brilliant. Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Kimberly Elise in Set It Off…riveting. Denzel in, well, everything ever…amazing. So many good performances. Why is it, then, that a black actress finally wins the Academy Award for Best Actress and it’s pretty-faced but shit-for-talent Halle Berry? “Can you make me feel good? Can you make me feeel gooood?! CAN YOU MAKE ME FEEL GOOOOOD?!,” she growls. No, Halle, I can’t, but I’m sure that Oscar sure did.
What film has this woman ever been in that has impressed people? Let’s look at her filmography.
-Random crackhead. Congrats, you’re an actress.
-You know you’ve made it big when Barney Rubble loves your work.
-Crackhead again. Well shit. Where’s the Academy when you need ’em?
-Effective performance here in a pretty general blockbuster kind of herione role. Nothing to brag about.
The Rich Man’s Wife
-Remember this film? Me neither.
-This performance, although it gave me a chuckle, was nothing more than what Brett Ratner could get out of LaShawntae Jackson selling herself in East Harlem after an acting lesson or two.
-If the most anyone remembers from one of your films is you dancing with Warren Beatty and sticking out your tongue, you know you’re in for a Razzie.
Why Do Fools Fall In Love?
-What a waste of Vivica A. Fox’s talent. What a waste of America’s time watching Halle embarass herself on screen once more. Wait…you can’t waste America’s time if America doesn’t care to GO SEE THE FILM. BOMB. Yet again.
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
-I must give Berry her props here. This movie and her performance in it was actually pretty good. If only good acting wasn’t a one time gig.
-And here’s where I rant. X-Men, being my favorite comic-book franchise ever, was an excellent film, and X2 was even better. But there’s one problem…where’s Ororo Monroe, or as most people know her, Storm? I’ve watched both movies many times and still haven’t found her, even after playing a few games of “Where’s Wald–er–Storm?”. Berry doesn’t attempt an accent, or a voice for the character, doesn’t read into any of the subtext, and plays her like a weak, prissy, damsel who is all sex and no bite or bark. Storm is the one of the frickin’ leaders of the X-Men, Halle! Storm is strong, Storm is passionate, Storm is powerful. Maybe you would’ve found that out had you picked up even one issue of any of the X-Men series, watched any episodes of the 90s television cartoon, or talked to any devout fan of the franchise. Good going, Halle. I smell a Golden Globe.
-Iiiiiiii’ve got saggy tits! That’s all I, or anyone else I know thinks of when referring to Halle in this campy film.
-And now we arrive at it:Monster’s Ball. Yes, this is a pretty good film, and yes Halle Berry’s performance is effective. But effective is far from excellent. Dear Jesus, Halle took off her make-up and spread her legs (literally. No really…she literally spreads her legs and moans in the much buzzed about explicit sex scene in this film)–let’s give her a statue! I am appalled and disgusted that Halle won an Oscar for this film. And I know what you’re all thinking. “Who are you? The Academy obviously liked the performance, so shut the eff up.” But here’s my theory. I really don’t think she won the Oscar for this movie based solely on performance (though I know, this is the case a lot). I truly think her win for this film was more political than anything. I feel like the Academy felt like it was finally time for a black woman to win Best Actress, and Halle happened to let a few sunspots show on camera just at the right time for it to happen. Denzel and Halle win in the same night, it’ll shut those racism accusations up for another 5 years. What a disgrace.
What do you all think about Halle’s win, her performance in X-Men and Monster’s Ball? What other performances do you think were awarded that shouldn’t have been? Tell me about all the Oscar injustices.Powered by Sidelines