Hattie McDaniel's Challenging Journey Before and After Making Oscar History

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Hattie McDaniel broke through barriers as the first Black actor to win an Oscar for her supporting role in Gone with the Wind, but it was a long road to her landmark victory. Life also didn’t get any easier after winning an Oscar. In fact, she received backlash following the historic achievement. Some people viewed her success as a sign the film industry was finally changing for the better, but others saw the exact opposite, making her a complex Hollywood figure. Read on to learn the truth about Hattie McDaniel’s challenging journey before and after making Oscar history.