In recent years, the Academy Awards have been surrounded by various racial scandals so many times that the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has even appeared on the web. According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers Alicia Allen and Aaron Magnani decided to tell the audience about the times when black actors in Hollywood did not have to hope for serious public support in matters of discrimination.|
The producers have acquired the film rights to Jill Watts' Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition in White Hollywood, which tells the story of the first ever black actress to receive an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award.
Hattie McDaniel was born in 1895 to a family of former slaves. From a young age she performed on stage with songs of her own composition, and in the 20s of the last century she was actively invited to the radio. In 1929, a stock market crash broke out in the United States, which forced Hattie to get a job as a cleaner in a nightclub. Once the owner of the establishment reluctantly allowed her to speak to the guests. The songs of the girl made such an impression on the audience that the owner of the club had no choice but to give her a promotion.
In 1931, Hattie decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of acting. A year later, she got a role in the Western "Golden West". Since then, McDaniel began to appear frequently on screens, but producers rarely mentioned her name in the credits.
That all changed in 1934 when Hattie officially joined the United States Actors Guild. The aspiring actress began to increasingly trust more complex characters, and in 1939 McDaniel became world famous when she outstripped dozens of competitors in the fight for the role of Mom in the film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's novel "Gone with the Wind."
Work on the film earned McDaniel an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. By that time, no dark-skinned Hollywood star had ever received such an honor. Unfortunately, in those days, the Dream Factory was just beginning to break down racial barriers. Hattie was initially barred from the Atlanta premiere of Gone With the Wind, and at the 12th Academy Awards she was separated from the rest of the film's stars. Fortunately for the actress, the Oscar race ended with a happy ending for her. At the end of the evening, "Gone with the Wind" won eight gold statuettes, one of which went to Hattie.
According to insiders, Alicia Allen and Aaron Magnani have already begun their search for a screenwriter for the as-yet-unnamed biopic of the Oscar-winning actress.
The Topic of Article: Black Queen of White Hollywood.