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BA Black History Facts: Hattie McDaniel - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did you know HattieMcDaniel was the first African American to win an Oscar? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ McDaniel, a singer-songwriter, actress and comedian all in one, was famously known for her role in the 1939 film, “Gone with the Wind.” The role led to McDaniel’s first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first won by an African American. She was also the first African-American to be nominated for acting. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The award did not come without controversy. The 1939 film was an adaptation of the 1936 book written by Margaret Mitchell. According to reports, when the NAACP learned of the adaptation, the organization fought to remove offensive racial slurs from the film and alter the historically inaccurate, provocative scenes. As for McDaniel’s character, she played a house slave who disciplined her owner’s daughter. However, many believed McDaniel’s acceptance of the role perpetuated stereotypes and celebrated the slave system that many civil rights activist were fighting against. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When the film was set to premiere, the studio chose the Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta, but with the states segregation laws, McDaniel was not able to attend the premiere screening. However, she did attend the film’s Hollywood debut thirteen days later, on December 28th. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The next year, at the 12th Academy Awards, McDaniel won the award for Best Supporting Actress. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “This is one of the happiest moments of my life, and I want to thank each one of you who had a part in selecting me for one of their awards, for your kindness. It has made me feel very, very humble; and I shall always hold it as a beacon for anything that I may be able to do in the future. I sincerely hope I shall always be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry. My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel, and may I say thank you and God bless you,” McDaniel’s said in her acceptance speech. The film went on to win 10 Academy Awards. bablackhistory: BA Black History Facts: Hattie McDaniel alleraler BA Black History Facts: Hattie McDaniel - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did you know HattieMcDaniel was the first African American to win an Oscar? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ McDaniel, a singer-songwriter, actress and comedian all in one, was famously known for her role in the 1939 film, “Gone with the Wind.” The role led to McDaniel’s first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first won by an African American. She was also the first African-American to be nominated for acting. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The award did not come without controversy. The 1939 film was an adaptation of the 1936 book written by Margaret Mitchell. According to reports, when the NAACP learned of the adaptation, the organization fought to remove offensive racial slurs from the film and alter the historically inaccurate, provocative scenes. As for McDaniel’s character, she played a house slave who disciplined her owner’s daughter. However, many believed McDaniel’s acceptance of the role perpetuated stereotypes and celebrated the slave system that many civil rights activist were fighting against. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When the film was set to premiere, the studio chose the Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta, but with the states segregation laws, McDaniel was not able to attend the premiere screening. However, she did attend the film’s Hollywood debut thirteen days later, on December 28th. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The next year, at the 12th Academy Awards, McDaniel won the award for Best Supporting Actress. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “This is one of the happiest moments of my life, and I want to thank each one of you who had a part in selecting me for one of their awards, for your kindness. It has made me feel very, very humble; and I shall always hold it as a beacon for anything that I may be able to do in the future. I sincerely hope I shall always be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry. My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel, and may I say thank you and God bless you,” McDaniel’s said in her acceptance speech. The film went on to win 10 Academy Awards. bablackhistory
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