1940 First African American Actress to Win an Oscar
Actress Hattie McDaniel won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 1940 Academy Awards. McDaniel played the role of the sassy maid “Mammy” in the film adaptation of “Gone With the Wind.” McDaniel received some criticism for accepting the role because of the film’s nostalgia for the pre-war South.
The film swept the Oscars that year, taking home a total of 10 awards, including Best Picture.
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