2002 - Halle Berry, Denzel Washington triumph at Oscars - Best Picture A Beautiful Mind
On this day in 2002, the 74th annual Academy Awards ceremony is held at its brand new venue, the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. At the first Oscar ceremony since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the mood was relatively subdued, and security was tighter than ever. Oscars made history, when Halle Berry was presented with the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as the wife of a death row inmate in Monster’s Ball. Berry was the first African-American performer to win in the Best Actress category and only the second African-American actress ever to be honored by the Academy (the first was Hattie McDaniel, who won for her supporting role in 1939’s Gone With the Wind).
On the heels of Berry’s historic win, Denzel Washington became only the second African-American man to win in the Best Actor category, accepting the statuette for his role as a corrupt Los Angeles police officer in Training Day. It was the first time that African-American performers had taken home both of the year’s top acting awards. Sidney Poitier, the first black Best Actor winner (for 1964’s Lilies of the Field ) received an honorary Oscar that night as well.
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1949 - 21st Academy Awards - "Hamlet," Laurence Olivier & Jane Wyman win
1949 - Walter & John Huston become 1st father-and-son team to win
1985 - Golden Raspberry Awards presented to parody Oscar Awards (Bolero wins)
1986 - 58th Academy Awards - "Out of Africa," William Hurt & G Page win
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