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1940: The First African-American to Win an Oscar

1940: The First African-American to Win an Oscar
Photo Credit To Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American in history to win an Academy Award for the Best Supporting Actress in the movie “Gone with the Wind”.

On this day Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American in history to win an Academy Award for the Best Supporting Actress in the movie Gone with the Wind. In that move she played Mammy, Scarlett O’Hara’s housemaid. That 1939 movie was one of the first great Technicolor movies, and won a total of 10 Oscars (among others for Best Actress Vivian Leigh, Best Director, and Best Movie). It is interesting to note that the film still holds first place for the most profitable movie in history once inflation is factored in, surpassing even Avatar and Titanic.

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