This epic Civil War drama is based on Margaret Mitchell’s novel of the same name and focuses on the life of petulant and hard-headed belle Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh). Starting with her idyllic life on a sprawling plantation, the film traces Scarlett’s survival through the tragic history of the South during and after the American Civil War, and her tangled love affairs with Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Hattie McDaniel was the first Black American to win the Oscar for her portrayal of Mammy.
Actress Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to be nominated for, and win, an Academy Award.
'Gone with the Wind' is the first color film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.
At the 12th Academy Awards, 'Gone with the Wind' set a record for Academy Award wins and nominations by winning in eight of the competitive categories it was nominated in, from a total of thirteen nominations.
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