Is Halle Berry sensing an opening for another Oscar?
Halle Berry, who became the first African-American to win a best actress Academy Award with 2001's "Monster's Ball," is returning to the screen this December in the new film "Frankie & Alice." The psychological drama, which screened this year at Cannes, is based on a true story of a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder 40 years ago in Los Angeles.
The film is being released in L.A. and New York for an awards-season qualifying run Dec. 17 before Freestyle Releasing brings it out for its regular theatrical release Feb. 4.
Other actresses have scored well during awards season playing someone suffering from multiple personalities. Joanne Woodward won the Academy Award for best actress for 1957's "The Three Faces of Eve," and Sally Field earned an Emmy for the 1976 NBC miniseries "Sybil."
Though there have been hit films starring African-Americans released this year, none have generated much Oscar buzz. Last month, the Hollywood Reporter ran a story suggesting that "for the first time since the 73rd Oscars 10 years ago, there will be no black nominees in any of the acting categories in the February ceremony." Prognosticators have been waiting for the Nov. 5 release of Tyler Perry's prestige film "For Colored Girls," which features a who's who of African-American actresses from Phylicia Rashad to Janet Jackson. But early reviews have not been enthusiastic.
Is the team behind "Frankie & Alice" sensing an opportunity for Berry to capture another Oscar nomination or award? Berry, who also produced the film, will be appearing Nov. 9 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood for a "Conversation on Acting with Halle Berry," which is part of the AFI Fest 2010.
— Susan King
Photo: Halle Berry poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.