Oscar Triumph for ‘Beautiful Mind’, Black Actors

Published March 25th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT
Al Bawaba
Al Bawaba

A Beautiful Mind won four Oscars, including best picture, while Halle Berry and Denzel Washington won Oscars for best actor and actress in a landmark win for black stars at the Academy Awards. 

A Beautiful Mind also won for director Ron Howard, best supporting actress Jennifer Connelly, and best adapted screenplay for Akiva Goldsman's adaptation of Sylvia Nasar's book of the same title, at the 74th Academy Awards Sunday night, according to CNN. 

Berry won the prestigious award for her role in the crime thriller Monster's Ball - the first time a black woman has won the award in 74 years. 

Berry, who beat Dame Judi Dench and Nicole Kidman and was sobbing throughout her speech, said: "This moment is so much bigger than me. This is for every nameless, faceless woman of color for whom the door has been opened. 

"Tonight the glass ceiling was broken and I hope that this ceiling is shattered forever," BBC News quoted Washington as saying. He won his award for Training Day on the same night as Sidney Poitier won his honorary Oscar, joked as he said: "Forty years I've been chasing Sidney and what do they do - they go and give it to him in the same night." 

Poitier was also awarded an Oscar in 1990 for best supporting actor in the film Glory.  

Jim Broadbent won the Oscar for best supporting actor for his performance as British author Iris Murdoch's husband John Bayley in the movie Iris. 

"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," which led the nominations with 13 nominations, won for makeup, cinematography, original score, and visual effects. 

Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman, won for art direction (Catherine Martin (art direction) and Brigitte Broch (set decoration) and costume design (Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie). 

The list of winners also included: 

Foreign Language Film: No Man's Land, (Bosnia & Herzegovina, directed by Danis Tanovic). 

Short Film -- Live Action: The Accountant, (Ray Mckinnon and Lisa Blount). 

Writing (Original): film Gosford Park, (written by Julian Fellowes). 

Animated Feature Film: Shrek, (Aron Warner). 

Music (Song): film Monsters, Inc., "If I Didn't Have You", (music and lyric by Randy Newman). 

Film Editing: Black Hawk Down, (Pietro Scalia). 

Sound: film Black Hawk Down, (Michael Minkler, Myron Nettinga and Chris Munro). 

Sound Editing: film Pearl Harbor, (George Watters Ii and Christopher Boyes). 

Short Film – Animated: For The Birds, (Ralph Eggleston). 

Documentary Feature: Murder on a Sunday Morning, (Jean-Xavier De Lestrade and Denis Poncet). 

Documentary Short: Thoth, (Sarah Kernochan and Lynn Appelle) – Albawaba.com 

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