Oscar Flashback: Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow and More 2002 Red Carpet Stars
Twenty years ago, the 2002 Oscars were largely defined by a historic victory: Halle Berry becoming the first black woman to receive the Oscar for Best Actress. An emotional Berry, then 35, reflected on the magnitude of the moment in her acceptance speech. “This moment is so much bigger than me,” she explained through sobs. “This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It’s for the women who stand next to me: Jada Pinket, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And that’s for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because that door has been opened tonight.
For her career milestone, Berry opted for a dress that would prove as indelible as the evening itself. Evening dress in crimson fishnet and floral embroidery of Berry by Elie Saab proved to make its own kind of history when heralded by fashion critics, and is now widely regarded as one of the best Oscar dresses of all time.
Meanwhile, on the red carpet, Gwyneth Paltrow followed Berry’s lead in an Alexander McQueen gown with a sheer top and black skirt, while hill of faith makes a colorful entrance at Versace and Reese Witherspoon opted for a 20s-inspired look in Valentino lace. But the night delivered even more unforgettable fashion. Ahead, back on the 2002 Oscars red carpet.