The Hollywood Academy reported this Tuesday that it will replace the missing Oscar de Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American actress to receive this award, to Howard University, at a ceremony to be held on October 1 in Washington, DC
The tribute, which will be titled Hattie’s Come Home (“Hattie’s Homecoming”) will honor the performer who, thanks to her work in gone With the Wind changed the history of cinema by becoming the first African American woman to win the OscarBest supporting actress in 1940.
“We are delighted to deliver a revival of Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar to Howard University,” the president of the Academy Museum said in a statement. Jacqueline Stewart, and the executive director of the Hollywood Academy, Bill Kramer, who described the actress as “a revolutionary artist who changed the course of cinema.”
The missing trophy
Instead of a golden statuette, McDaniel received a commemorative plaque, because that was the trophy that the Academy awarded to supporting actors until 1942.
During the ceremony the actress had to sit in a secluded space from the Coconut Grove restaurant in Los Angeles, where the delivery took place, due to the racial segregation of the time.
McDaniel bequeathed his award to Howard University and is currently His whereabouts are unknown. In the 1990s, the University admitted to losing it, alleging that the Oscar may have vanished in protests between 1960 and 1970.
After McDaniel, it took 51 years for another African-American woman to win an Oscar. She was the actress Whoopi Goldberg who would collect the same recognition as McDaniel for his role in Ghost. Until now, Halle Berry She is the only African-American performer to have won a statuette for best leading actress.
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