The Hollywood Academy has reported that it will replace the missing Oscar Hattie McDanielthe first African-American actress to receive this award, to Howard University, at a ceremony to be held on October 1 in Washington, D.C.
The tribute, which will be titled “Hattie’s Come Home,” will take place at the Aldrige Theater and seeks to recognize the life and legacy of the performer who, thanks to her work in the film “Gone with the Wind” (“Gone with the Wind”, 1939) She changed film history by becoming the first African-American woman to win the Oscar for best supporting actress in 1940.
“We are delighted to deliver a revival of Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar to Howard University,” said the president of the Academy Museum in a statement. Jacqueline Stewartand the executive director of the Hollywood Academy, Bill Kramer, who described the actress as “a revolutionary artist who changed the course of cinema.”
McDaniel received an Oscar plaque instead of a popular golden statuette because from 1936 to 1942 they were the recognitions that the Academy granted to supporting actors.
During the ceremony the actress had to sit in a secluded space at the Coconut Grove restaurantin Los Angeles, where the delivery took place due to the racial segregation of the time.