Halle Berry: Lack of Hollywood diversity 'heartbreaking'
Nominations for the 2016 Oscars were met with outcry over the omission of any actors of color.
LOS ANGELES - Hollywood star Halle Berry, the only black actress to win an Academy Award for a lead role, says it was "heartbreaking" that no other actresses of colour have followed in her footsteps since.
Last month's nominations for the 2016 Oscars were met with outcry over the omission of any actors of colour for a second year, with actress Jada Pinkett Smith, her husband Will Smith and director Spike Lee saying they would not attend the 28 February awards ceremony.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and has since pledged to increase the number of women and people of color into its ranks.
Berry won the best actress Oscar for her performance in Monster's Ball in 2002 and, in her acceptance speech, said the door had been opened to other women of color to win Hollywood awards.
"That win almost 15 years ago was iconic, it was important to me, but I had the knowing in the moment that it was bigger than me," she said at AOL's Makers Conference.
"I believed that with every bone in my body that this was going to incite change because this door, this barrier, had been broken. And to sit here almost 15 years later, and knowing that another woman of color has not walked through that door, is heartbreaking."
This is the second year in a row that there have been boycott calls.
Pinkett Smith has been vocal on her social media accounts.
She took to her Facebook page to voice her stand on the awards show.
At the Oscars...people of color are always welcomed to give out awards...even entertain, but we are rarely recognized...
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