What happened to Halle Berry's career?
She had the world at her feet... then she tripped over it and fell flat on her bum. How quickly things have changed for Halle Berry: in 2002 she became the first black woman to win the Best Actress Oscar but in the decade that followed she won a Razzie for the worst superhero movie ever made, contributed towards the (temporary) death of James Bond, suffered the indignity of starring in a naff shark movie with her boyfriend and tried to impress Stephen Merchant by making guacamole with her boobs. Where did it all go wrong for Halle Berry? We chart her tragic career implosion film by film...
Monster's Ball (2001)
The movie: Hard-hitting drama in which Berry played the widowed wife of an executed prisoner, with Billy Bob Thornton the racist prison guard who falls for her. Powerful stuff.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 85%
Halle-lujah or not Berry good? Berry good indeed: you don't win an Oscar for any old performance, you know. "This moment is so much bigger than me," wept Berry as she accepted her Academy Award. "This is for every nameless, faceless woman of colour who now has a chance tonight because this door has been opened." Who could have predicted how quickly it would slam shut for her...
Die Another Day (2002)
The movie: James Bond goes OTT: invisible cars, diamond-studded villains, face-masks, Madonna and an homage-o-meter that was spinning wildly out of control.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 57%
Halle-lujah or not Berry good? While Halle Berry can't take the blame for the suckiest Bond movie in a generation, her role as sassy spy Jinx didn't exactly help matters. Lumbered with some truly terrible dialogue, Berry was lucky she got to re-enact the infamous beach scene from Dr. No: a convenient distraction from how poorly-written her role was. Still, credit where it's due: it was the most successful Bond movie to date.
Halle's stint as Storm helped establish the X-Men franchise (Credit: 20th Century Fox)
X-Men 2 (2003)
The movie: One of the best superhero movies ever made, Bryan Singer's spandex-clad sequel was superb in every respect.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 87%
Halle-lujah or not Berry good? A definite post-Oscars high point. The role of Storm was fleshed out considerably after Berry's awards success and the film benefited from her performance as a result; her tender scenes with Nightcrawler are among the movie's best. Things would be quite different for Halle on the set of the third X-Men film, however...