Hattie McDaniel’s historic missing Oscar is finally being replaced
This week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it will finally replace Hattie McDaniel’s long-missing Oscar.
McDaniel made history when she became the first Black actor to ever be nominated for or win an Academy Award, at the 12th ceremony, in 1940. The Oscar was given to McDaniel for her role in the sweeping 1939 epic “Gone With the Wind.”
After her death from breast cancer in 1952, McDaniel bequeathed her history-making plaque to Howard University in Washington, D.C. (Plaques were given to Oscar winners in the supporting actor and actress category until 1944 when they started to receive statuettes.)
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