Monday, May 27, 2024

Legendary “Gone with the Wind” Star Hattie McDaniel to Get a Replacement Oscar for Lost Award in Effort to Right Wrong


Hattie McDaniel is the legendary star who won Best Supporting Actress in 1939 for playing Mammy in “Gone with the Wind.”

She died in the 1950s and left her Oscar statue to Howard University. Over time in the 60s it disappeared.

Now the Academy will deliver a replacement statue to Howard on October 1st in a special ceremony headed by Phylicia Rashad.

McDaniels’ experience with the Oscars in 1939 left a lot to be desired. She was seated, shamefully, in the back of the auditorium, apart from the other nominees. She would be the only Black actress to win an Oscar until Halle Berry in 2002.

“When I was a student in the College of Fine Arts at Howard University, in what was then called the Department of Drama, I would often sit and gaze in wonder at the Academy Award that had been presented to Ms. Hattie McDaniel, which she had gifted to the College of Fine Arts,” said Rashad. “I am overjoyed that this Academy Award is returning to what is now the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University. This immense piece of history will be back in the College of Fine Arts for our students to draw inspiration from. Ms. Hattie is coming home!”

Back in 1939, McDaniel only received a plaque, not a statue, which was customary for Supporting Actors. Now she will shine with a real statuette.

Bravo to the Academy!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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