The past two weeks have been nothing but a blur of not one but two taxi accidents (proof that balats sa pwet effectively attract bad luck), Pocky pretzels, and Gone With The Wind.
Gone With The Wind (1939) is my absolute favorite film. My friend and fellow movie buff Raymond once told me that I’m the only person he knows who can watch the almost-four-hour film repeatedly and without falling asleep. When I was in Grade 6, our Gone With The Wind vcd was my prized treasure (and it wasn’t even mine) and for my aunt’s wedding that year, I insisted on dressing up like Scarlett O’ Hara–petticoat, corkscrew curls, ruffles, and all. The extravagance is okay if you forget to consider the fact that I only attended as a guest.
The fifth time I watched it on my iPad these past two weeks, I decided to play it on mute (yesiaminsane) and it didn’t exactly come as a surprise that I was able to mouth the lines with Scarlett, Mammy, Melanie Hamilton Wilkes, Ashley Wilkes, and Rhett Butler. Mind you, I know more than just “As God is my witness, I shall never be hungry again”; “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”; and”Tomorrow is another day.”
Winning a then-record-breaking 10 Academy awards including the first Best Supporting Actress Oscar for a black female, Best Picture, and Best Cinematography, it’s needless to speak of its quality. The novel itself landed Atlanta reporter Margaret Mitchell a Pulitzer. Almost 82 years after the film premiered in Atlanta, it’s absolutely fitting to make necessary blogging kowtow–the first of many, I might add.
Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar speech in 1940.
Some facts about Ms. McDaniel:
1. Prior to landing the role of the seriously sassy servant in GWTW, McDaniel was a comedienne–a job she thought would distress her chances to win the role of Mammy. At the audition, she arrived dressed in an authentic maid’s uniform and the rest of the tryout was cake.
2. She wasn’t allowed to attend the Atlanta premiere due to racial discrimination.
3. Her Oscar statuette was donated to Howard University but it went missing during the racial unrest in Washington DC in the late 1960s.
4. Comedienne Mo’Nique who won the Oscar Best Supporting Actress in 2009 for the drama Precious thanked McDaniel in her speech.