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 for her...

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 Actress –...

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. The opening night at the...

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...