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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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Why I Will Always Love Gone With the Wind

I first saw Gone With the Wind in 1968, when my mother insisted that I must see this film. I knew nothing about the plot or the players and felt that spending nearly four hours in a theater was a … Continue reading

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Common Theme in Films With Howard and Leigh

Turner Classic Movies (www.tcm.com) offers two films this afternoon, each featuring a pre-Gone With the Wind performance from Leslie Howard and Vivien Leigh. Each film has a similar outcome. At 3 p.m. (Eastern Time), TCM presents Berkeley Square from 1933. Leslie Howard … 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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And the Winners Were…

With an unprecedented 13 nominations in 12 categories (double nomination for Best Supporting Actress), Gone With the Wind won a record-breaking 8 competitive Academy Awards: Best Picture – Gone With the Wind Best Actress – Vivien Leigh Best Supporting Actress … Continue reading

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Best Actress Contenders for 1939

In the Best Actress category, Vivien Leigh’s portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind was up against the following Academy Award contenders: Bette Davis for her role as self-indulgent, stubborn socialite Judith Traherne in Dark Victory   Irene Dunne … 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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New York City Welcomes Gone With the Wind

Following the Atlanta premiere, Gone With the Wind blew to New York City and hit the Big Apple with hurricane force. Simultaneous “premieres” were held on Tuesday, December 19, 1939, at the Astor Theatre and at the Loew’s Capitol Theatre. … Continue reading

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Atlanta Festivities for Gone With the Wind

On Wednesday, December 13, 1939, the governor of Georgia and the mayor of Atlanta welcomed David O. Selznick’s entourage to Margaret Mitchell’s hometown. Selznick was accompanied by his wife Irene, his brother Myron, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Olivia de Havilland, … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s Second Sneak Peek

On Wednesday, October 18, 1939, producer David O. Selznick held a second preview of Gone With the Wind. This time the location was the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California. That audience was just as wild with excitement as the … Continue reading

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