February 29, 1940: Hattie McDaniel wins an Oscar

The 12th Academy Awards ceremony was held on February 29, 1940, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, with Bob Hope hosting. Gone With The Wind was nominated for 13 awards and won for Outstanding Production, Directing (Victor Fleming), Actress (Vivien Leigh), Art Direction (Lyle Wheeler), Cinematography HM(Color) (Ernest Haller and Ray Rennahan), and Film Editing (Hal Kern and James Newcom). Sidney Howard posthumously received the Writing (Screenplay) award, and production designer William Cameron Menzies received a special award for “outstanding use of color for the enhancement of dramatic mood in the production of Gone With The Wind.” In the Actress in Supporting Role category, Hattie McDaniel made history becoming the first African American to receive an Academy Award.

Here are five things you should know about the first African American to win an Academy Award~
First Black Winner Accepted Her Honor in a Segregated ‘No Blacks’ Hotel in L.A.~

The Curious Case Of A Missing Academy Award~ http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100937570

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/28~

Influenced by the Spanish masters, especially Francisco de Goya, this artist painted a tragic view of urban life in early 20th Century Madrid.

This artist turned to sculpture initially as a diversion, but soon discovered it to be his natural medium and devoted himself entirely to it.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/02/28/february-28/

Andy Warhol (1928-1987)


Andy Warhol Died 29 Years Ago Today,
Here’s a Look at One of His First Silkscreens.

Blake Gopnik, Monday, February 22, 2016  Andy Warhol died 29 years ago today in a hospital in New York, after a routine gallbladder operation. It seems only fitting to commemorate the end of his artmaking by revisiting its beginnings. The work I’ve chosen as today’s Daily Pic was made in the spring of 1962, as one of the very first of the silkscreened canvases that became Warhol’s signature mode for the next quarter century. It’s the titular work in a touring exhibition called “Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne,” curated by the art historian Joseph Wolin and now at the Wallach Art Gallery of Columbia University.

Andy Warhol, A Documentary Film~
The Andy Warhol Museum~ http://www.warhol.org/museum/
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts~ http://warholfoundation.org/