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Lions Gate Roars Over Berry Win

25 Mar, 2002 By: Hive News

Executives at Lions Gate Entertainment are brimming wth pride over Halle Berry's Best Actress win at the Academy Awards last night for her performance in Monster's Ball.

The Oscar was the first in Lions Gate's history for Best Actress, although the company has earned 11 Academy Award nominations in the past four years.

"We are tremendously proud of Halle and delighted with her success," said Lions Gate Films Releasing president Tom Ortenberg. "She gave a powerful, visceral performance from her very soul in Monster's Ball, an acting triumph that defines the original, provocative and daring work of our creative family at its very best. We are honored to be associated with Halle and every member of the Monster's Ball creative team."

"Halle Berry's groundbreaking victory is a testament to her remarkable acting performance and a tribute to the excellence of Lions Gate's team of development, production, marketing and publicity executives," said Lions Gate Entertainment CEO Jon Feltheimer. "Halle's victory and the continuing success of Monster's Ball underscore our ability to attract A-list talent and support them in critically prestigious and commercially successful films with very focused, effective marketing campaigns. Halle's Oscar victory is a wonderful individual and team achievement.''

Ms. Berry becomes the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actress in the Oscars' 74-year history.

Monster's Ball grossed approximately $1.7 million this past weekend on about 540 screens, up 27 percent from the previous weekend to a North American box office cume of nearly $20 million. The film, Lions Gate's most successful in- house production ever, will expand to 700 screens this weekend and will be available on video June 11.

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