29 February 2012

On this day,

in 1940,

Hattie McDaniel known for her supporting roles became the first African American to win the Oscar Award for her role as 'Mammy' in the movie 'Gone With The Wind'. Not only was she the first African American to receive this award, but the was the only woman to have received it until Whoopi Goldberg received the same award for her role in the movie 'Ghost'.

(and this week, in 2012 Octavia Spencer, won The Academy Award for a similar role of a black woman subservient to a white woman.)

1 comment:

Don said...

Sometimes I really wonder if it's true the things I hear about the Oscars only awarding blacks who've played substandard roles in white society.