DENZEL X HALLE X HISTORY
On a day where little Quvenzhané Wallis (Say it with me: Qwe-ven-zhane) becomes the youngest Best Actress nominee EVER, it would be borderline disrespectful for us not to acknowledge what happened 11 years ago.
March 24, 2002: The Oscars are all-“Lord Of The Rings”-everything. Shire Gang was heavily in the building. Opie reigned supreme with “A Beautiful Mind.” Business as usual.
Then we got a little bit of history.
Halle Berry wins the Best Actress Oscar for “Monster’s Ball”. The first black woman to EVER win a Best Actress nomination. EVER. As in, EVER.
That in itself is #PEAK status, but the night isn’t over!
Denzel Washington. The man who people thought should have won an Oscar in ‘92 for “Malcolm X” (HE SHOULD HAVE.) #PEAK Mount Rushmore Black actor. He wins the Best Actor Oscar for his role in “Training Day.”
This is the first (and only, so far) time the winners of Best Actor and Actress are black.
History and a Top 5 #PEAK moment, all in about 20 minutes. Not too shabby.
And now, a soapbox:
My sincere opinion is that quality black roles in film and television come when the people in charge of those decisions think it’s in their best interest financially to make shows and movies featuring positive black characters. It sucks. It’s true. Spend your money on “Beasts of The Southern Wild.” Take friends. Make it a #PEAK outing. Wallis DESERVES the Oscar this year and I’m rooting for her openly and loudly.
Soapbox over, thanks for your time.