Halle Berry couldn’t say enough about her 11-month-old daughter Nahla Thursday at Essence magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, where she was honored for her acting, producing and philanthropic work.
“As a woman, I thought it was all about work and accomplishments,” said the 42-year-old Oscar winner, according to People.com. “Then this little baby comes along and says that it’s not about that.”
With tears in her eyes as she held her Power award presented by the magazine, Berry added, “I’m complete. I have more to offer my craft because [my daughter] makes me indelibly better every day.”
Colleagues like Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee, and Warren Beatty all paid tribute to the actress, who admitted that she has “been [a] ghost for a while” as work has taken a backseat to motherhood.
Boyfriend Gabriel Aubry smiled in the audience as fellow honorees Diahann Carroll, “The Secret Life of Bees” director Gina Prince-Blythewood and Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson fought back tears at the second annual event.
Henson, who went into Sunday’s Oscars as a Best Supporting Actress nominee for her role in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” saluted Berry as one of her biggest inspirations.
“Halle Berry, girl … I owe so much to you,” said Henson, recognizing Berry’s historic win for Best Actress in 2001. “I remember saying ‘I want to do what she’s doing’.”