Halle Berry was an ascendant star who first made a splash in the 1991 Spike Lee movie Jungle Fever. A decade of paying her dues followed, along with higher billing in major roles. Finally, in 2001 she appeared in Monster's Ball, a critically acclaimed drama starring Billy Bob Thornton and Heath Ledger. She was nominated for Best Actress for her performance, and in 2002, she became the first African-American to win the award.
Berry could now be choosy about picking her roles, but she was not well served by her choices. After the James Bond film Die Another Day and the X-Men sequel X2: X-Men United, she starred in Gothika, a psychological thriller that received almost entirely negative reviews, and followed it in 2004 with Catwoman, a critically-pilloried box office bomb that earned Berry a Golden Raspberry Award for worst actress just three years after winning the Oscar. Her most recent high-profile starring vehicle was "Cloud Atlas," a 2012 science fiction film in which she co-starred with Tom Hanks.