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76th Anniversary of Gone With the Wind’s Oscar Wins

On February 29, 1940, Hollywood was abuzz and aglitter with Oscar fever. As was the custom, the names of the Oscar winners were revealed in advance to the press, with newspapers making a solemn promise not to break the news … Continue reading

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Selznick’s Best Picture Oscar is Missing!

In 1999, producer David O. Selznick’s 1939 Best Picture Oscar for Gone With the Wind sold at auction for more than $1.54 million to singer Michael Jackson. The presale estimate had ranged from $200,000 to $300,000. The winning bid by … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind Changed the Oscars Forever

Board members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were furious over the Oscar news leak by the Los Angeles Times.   By custom, the academy had shared the names of Oscar winners with the media in advance of … Continue reading

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Memorable Oscar Night Moments

Here are some memorable moments from Gone With the Wind‘s night at the Oscars: Sidney Howard’s win for Best Screenplay made him the first posthumous Academy Award winner. When Hattie McDaniel’s name was announced as the Best Supporting Actress winner, … Continue reading

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Best Supporting Actress Contenders for 1939

In the Best Supporting Actress category, Gone With the Wind had a double nomination: Olivia de Havilland for her portrayal of Melanie and Hattie McDaniel for her portrayal of Mammy.  They competed with each other and the following Academy Award contenders: … Continue reading

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1939 Oscar Nominees Announced

On Monday, February 12, 1940, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its list of Oscar nominees for 1939. David O. Selznick’s masterpiece scored an unprecedented 13 nominations in 12 categories: Best Picture – Gone With the Wind Best … Continue reading

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A Question of Divorce and a Mysterious Breakfast Tray

On Monday, June 5, 1939, Victor Fleming directed Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Hattie McDaniel and Cammie King in the “Rhett Wants a Divorce” scene. Filming included the actions of Bonnie bringing a breakfast-in-bed tray to her mother; Scarlett finishing her … Continue reading

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Filming Takes an Emotional Toll on Gable

Loss and grief were center stage for Gone With the Wind’s filming during the week of Monday, May 29, 1939. After Scarlett’s miscarriage, a distraught, unshaven Rhett sits alone in his room, blaming himself for what has happened. But Melanie … Continue reading

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Gable Kicks in Doors and Turns the Tables

On Thursday, May 18, 1939, Victor Fleming directed Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in the “No More Babies” sequence. In her bedroom, Scarlett gazes longingly at a daguerreotype of Ashley and is surprised when Rhett touches her shoulders tenderly. She … Continue reading

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