Who was the first African-American woman to win an Oscar for best actress in a leading role?
Halle Berry is the first African-American actress ever to receive an Oscar for best actress. She won a statuette in 2002 for her outstanding work in "Monster's Ball". Berry couldn't help crying during the ceremony! So shocked and emotional, she finally made her speech, enumerating the names of all the great African-American actresses. "This is 74 years here; I’ve got to take this time." Berry went on to say "This moment is for all the nameless, faceless women of color who now have a chance because this door tonight has been opened."