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Ms. Hattie McDaniel. First African American woman to win an Academy Award. Gone with the Wind!

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A photo of Hattie McDaniel at her dressing mirror on February 11th, 1940. At the time she was a nominee for Best Supporting Actress, waiting for the ceremony on leap year February 29th of that year.

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Hattie Mcdaniel (1892 - 1952) Her part in Gone with the Wind (1939) won her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, the first African American to win an Academy Award.

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