The Oscars Decoded: 12 Black Actors Who Won & Their Career Impact

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HALLE BERRY

After Berry earned $2.5 million to join the cast of the sexy crime drama Swordfish, some wondered why the Hollywood leading lady would agree to a $600,000 paycheck to play a struggling wife and mother in the indie Monster’s Ball. The questions stopped once the Oscar buzz began and culminated with Berry taking home a gold statue in the Best Actress category. In the wake of the win, she’s continued to be a box office draw, produce projects and endorse products—including Revlon Cosmetics, which pays her $16 million a year—that bring her estimated work to about $70 million.

HALLE BERRY

After Berry earned $2.5 million to join the cast of the sexy crime drama…

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