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The Curious Case Of Hattie McDaniel’s Missing Oscar… Did You Know?

The Curious Case Of Hattie McDaniel's Missing Oscar... Did You Know?

Expect some interesting black Oscar trivia you may not be aware of, but should be, as we get close to this Sunday’s ceremony.

Here’s the first of not very many, and maybe the most notable.

In the history of the Academy Awards, more than a few Oscars statuettes have either gone missing or were stolen. 55 disappeared from a Los Angeles loading dock just days before the ceremony in 2000. All but two were recovered. In 1938, an unidentified man jumped onstage to accept an award on behalf of Best Supporting Actress winner Alice Brady, who was too ill to attend. The man was never seen again — and neither was Brady’s award. In 2002, UPS lost Whoopi Goldberg’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar when it was sent out for cleaning. It was later found in a trash can.

And then there’s the case of Hattie McDaniel, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in the 1939 epic Gone With the Wind, making her the first African American to win an Academy Award. But that award has been missing for some 40 years!

In the audio report below, NPR investigates…

Watch her Oscar acceptance speech below: 

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