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The Baltimore Sun

Halle Berry, best actress

“Monster’s Ball” (2001) Berry had refrained from doing any nude scenes until the thriller “Swordfish,” which opened earlier in 2001. There were even rumors going around, which Berry denied, that she got paid extra for going topless in the film. But no rumors abounded for her groundbreaking turn as Leticia Musgrove, a woman who falls in love with the correctional officer ( Billy Bob Thornton) who took her husband ( P. Diddy) to his execution. Berry was no-holds-barred when it came to nudity, especially in her explicit love scene with Thornton. Let’s face it, she deserved an Oscar for just having to appear naked with Thornton. Jeanne Louise Bulliard / Lionsgate Films
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