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These Old Hollywood Oscar Dresses Will Make You Yearn For The Past

3. 1940: Hattie McDaniel
Gone with the Wind actress Hattie McDaniel made history when she became the first-ever African American Oscar winner in 1940. She took home the gold for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Mammy, and it would be another 24 years until the next African American won, when Sidney Poitier won the Best Actor award for his role in Lilies of the Field. 

For the event, McDaniel wore a rhinestone-studded turquoise gown with white gardenias in her hair. Louella Parsons, a gossip columnist, wrote about the momentous Oscar moment in her February 29 column, sharing:

"Hattie McDaniel earned that gold Oscar by her fine performance of 'Mammy' in Gone with the Wind. If you had seen her face when she walked up to the platform and took the gold trophy, you would have had the choke in your voice that all of us had when Hattie, hair trimmed with gardenias, face alight, and dress up to the queen's taste, accepted the honor in one of the finest speeches ever given on the Academy floor."

Seventy years later in 2010, actress Mo'Nique wore a blue dress with gardenias in her hair to pay homage to McDaniel when she accepted her best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Precious. There have only been 39 black Oscar winners since McDaniel's win.