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Hattie McDaniel Replacement Oscar Gifted to Howard University



The Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences and Academy Museum of Movement Photos will bestow a substitute Oscar for supporting actress winner Hattie McDaniel to Howard College’s Chadwick A. Boseman Faculty of Advantageous Arts throughout a ceremony titled “Hattie’s Come Home” in Washington D.C. on Oct. 1.

Happening on the Ira Aldridge Theater, the ceremony will have fun McDaniels’ life and legacy, her historic Academy Award win, and reunite her prize with the long-running HBCU, as she initially meant. The occasion will embody opening remarks by Phylicia Rashad, dean of the Faculty of Advantageous Arts, together with a efficiency of a medley of songs from present college students and an excerpt from LaDarrion Williams’ play “Boulevard of Bold Dreams.”

Jacqueline Stewart, president of the Academy Museum and Teni Melidonian, government vp of Oscars technique, will current the prize to the college. As well as, Stewart will even host a dialog with Rashad, Howard professors Greg Carr, affiliate professor of Africana Research and chair of the division of Afro-American Research, and Khalid Lengthy, affiliate professor of theater arts at Howard, together with Thea Combs, director of curatorial affairs on the Smithsonian’s Nationwide Portrait Gallery and Kevin John Goff, filmmaker and McDaniels’ great-grandnephew.

“Hattie McDaniel was a groundbreaking artist who changed the course of cinema and impacted generations of performers who followed her,” Stewart and Invoice Kramer, Academy CEO, stated in an announcement. “We are thrilled to present a replacement of Hattie McDaniel’s Academy Award to Howard University. This momentous occasion will celebrate Hattie McDaniel’s remarkable craft and historic win.”

Rashad added, “I am overjoyed that this Academy Award is returning to what is now the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University. This immense piece of history will be back in the College of Fine Arts for our students to draw inspiration from. Ms. Hattie is coming home!”

In 1940, McDaniel made historical past as the primary Black individual to be nominated for and win a aggressive Academy Award for her supporting efficiency as “Mammy” in “Gone with the Wind” (1939). On the twelfth Academy Awards, held on the segregated Cocoanut Grove on the Ambassador Resort, McDaniel and her visitor had been seated individually from the movie’s different nominees. Earlier than McDaniel died of breast most cancers in 1952, she specified that her prize ought to be donated to Howard College. For years, rumors have circulated about the place the plaque and statuette might be — was it merely misplaced, or destroyed in a protest?

McDaniel’s full speech is a part of the museum’s Academy Awards Historical past Gallery, along with her win acknowledged as a part of the Oscars Gallery of statuettes. Nonetheless, it’s in a vitrine that stands empty, which the museum plans on conserving indefinitely as the opposite 19 featured statuettes of the room rotate, which Selection coated solely forward of the museum’s opening in 2021.

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