McDaniel received the Oscar in the category Best Supporting Actress for her unforgettable performance as Mammy in Gone With the wind.
Released in 1939, the epic American film about the Old South, became one of the best-known and most successful films of all time. It enjoyed a more-than-30-year reign as the all-time Hollywood box office champion.
Gone With the Wind was regarded as a barometer of American race relations in the 1930s and 1940s.
Watch Hattie McDaniel receive the Oscar.
Apart from McDaniel’s Academy Award, Gone With the wind swept through the Oscars like a tornado, winning Best Picture, Best Director (Victor Fleming), Best Actress (Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’ Hara), Best Screenplay (Sidney Howard) and Best Art Direction, Film Editing and Cinematography.
Watch the definitive Mammy and Scarlett scene in Gone with the wind.
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