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This Day in Georgia History

February 29, 1940

Gone with the Wind Won Eight Oscars

The movie version of “Gone With The Wind” won eight Oscars, including Best Picture of the Year. Among the other winners, Vivian Leigh won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Hattie McDaniel won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as “Mammy” in the film. McDaniel was the first African American in history to win an Oscar. One actress in the movie had Georgia ties. Butterfly McQueen had spent part of her youth in Augusta, Georgia. Later in her life, she returned to live outside of Augusta, where she died on Dec. 22, 1995.

To view an image from the movie premiere in Atlanta, see the Digital Library of Georgia.