The star, who is presenting at the 2021 ceremony, arrived on the red carpet with a brand new bob and short bangs that legitimately took our breath away. Of course, her stunning purple Dolce & Gabbana gown and the boyfriend on her arm also helped, but we couldn't take our eyes off that face-framing cut.
If her social media is to be believed, that 'do couldn't possibly be more new. At 4 p.m. pacific—an hour before showtime—Berry tweeted a picture of some bits of hair on the ground. A fan responded with photos of Berry's iconic pixie cut from the 2002 Oscars with, "Uh-oh....SHE has arrived for Oscars night!"
Berry said "Yeap," with a winky face. "Stay tuned."
Well, we stayed tuned, and we could not have prepared ourselves for the "she" who did end up arriving.
Most recently, Berry had been sporting much longer locks with longer bangs, but clearly it was time for a change.
As for the man on her arm, Berry is currently dating musician Van Hunt. She posted a photo of the two of them cuddling with his guitar on April 9 with the caption, "I'll be ya groupie baby, cause you are my superstar."
Tonight, it seems more like he's her groupie. But when it comes to Halle Berry, who isn't?
Berry became the first Black woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress when she won for Monster's Ball in 2002. She remains the only Black woman to have ever won, though both Viola Davis and Andra Day are nominated this year.
In Sept. 2020, Berry told Variety that the win was one of her biggest heartbreaks, because she felt like she opened a door and then no one ever followed her through it.
"I question, ‘Was that an important moment, or was it just an important moment for me?' I wanted to believe it was so much bigger than me," she said. "It felt so much bigger than me, mainly because I knew others should have been there before me and they weren't."
Hopefully, someday soon, that will change.