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On this day - 29 February

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First Oscar win for an African American woman

Daily Worker 29/02/1940

Gone With The Wind swept up awards at the 12th Academy Awards ceremony celebrated on February 29th 1940. The film received 8 Oscars overall including the win for Hattie McDaniels for best supporting actress.

The film was not well liked by critics, as reported in the Daily Worker. Many critics considered Wuthering Heights to have been the best film of the year and had issue with some of the themes covered in Gone With The Wind, saying they incited racial hatred.

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