Turning Point: When Actors Became Superstars

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  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Halle Berry
  • Kevin Hart
  • Sanaa Lathan
  • Jaden Smith
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Rosie Perez
  • Denzel Washington
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Queen Latifah
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Will Smith
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Nia Long

Halle Berry, Monster's Ball (2001)

For most of her career, Berry was known primarily for her beautiful face, gorgeous body and — ahem — those golden globes. But with Monster's Ball, she proved she can act. Really act. The actress lobbied hard for the role and her efforts paid off. She became the first Black woman to win an Academy Award for a leading role. 

(Photo: Lionsgate) 

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