Trailblazer: Hattie Mcdaniel

About this episode

In her 2009 Oscar acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress, Mo’Nique gave this shout-out to another well-known actress: “I want to thank Miss Hattie McDaniel for enduring all that she had to so that I would not have to.” 


Many will remember that Hattie McDaniel was the first Black actor to win an Oscar, but perhaps less well-known are some of her other achievements, such as Hattie’s status as the first Black woman to be broadcast on US radio or her two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Be sure to catch episode 20 to learn more about the life and legacy of this remarkable woman, “Trailblazer: Hattie McDaniel.” 

Show Notes – Episode 20!

Photo by Kobal/REX/Shutterstock (5852349a) Hattie McDaniel, Fay Bainter Oscars / Academy Awards – 1939

Hattie McDaniel performing on radio
CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
Hattie accepting her Oscar

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science[s], fellow members of the motion picture industry and honored guests. This is one of the happiest moments of my life, and I want to thank each one of you who had a part in selecting me for one of the awards for your kindness. It has made me feel very, very humble and I shall always hold it as a beacon for anything I may be able to do in the future. I sincerely hope I shall always be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry. My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel. And may I say thank you and God bless you.

Transcript of Hattie Mcdaniel’s academy award acceptance speech


“Oscar’s First Black Winner Accepted Her Honor in a Segregated ‘No Blacks’ Hotel in L.A.,” Hollywood Reporter, by Seth Abramovitch February 19, 2015

“The True Story of Hollywood’s Hattie McDaniel, the First Black Oscar-Winner,” Oprah Daily, by McKenzie Jean-Philippe, May 6, 2020

“The LIfe and Struggles of Hattie McDaniel,”, by Jill Watts, October 5, 2005

“Oscar Winner Mo’Nique Remembers McDaniel,” Today, AP, March 7, 2010

Scene referenced in the podcast by Candy & Ashley
TW: Conversation about Child Death/Animal Death

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