Whoopi Goldberg and Octavia Spencer are now tied with two Oscar nominations to their credit. Whoopi won Best Supporting Actress for GHOST and Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for THE HELP.
No African American actress in Hollywood history has more than three Oscar nominations. No African American woman other than Halle Berry has taken home the prize for Best Actress.
As I've written before, talented white actresses are lucky because they've had more opportunities from Hollywood. 26-year old Jennifer Lawrence has one Best Actress Oscar and four Oscar nominations to her credit. Amy Adams has five Oscar nominations. Julia Roberts has four nominations and one Best Actress Oscar win -- like Jennifer Lawrence. Yep. Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lawrence had more opportunities and Oscar-nomination luck than Black actresses who got one Oscar nomination and then turned to TV for work because Hollywood offered no script opportunities -- Cicely Tyson, Angela Bassett, Alfre Woodard, Diahann Carroll and Taraji P. Henson are some of those actresses.
Halle Berry worked with a woman director to make what I feel is her best film after her historic Oscar win. She plays a middle-class suburban widow with children. David Duchovny played the charitable, loving husband who meets an untimely death early in the film. Benicio Del Toro plays the husband's best friend, a recovering junkie who tries to help the widow. She's pretty much paralyzed with grief. She had her prejudices towards the friend. Susanne Bier directed 2007's THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE.
Susanne Bier's film is worth a look. Halle Berry does a fine job as the troubled suburban mother. And she was the perfect choice to play Dorothy Dandridge. She deserved those awards. It's a crime that the extremely talented Dorothy Dandridge had such a limited film career because of Hollywood's lame racial attitudes.