Viola Davis On The Backlash To Playing A Maid

Oscar winner Hattie McDaniel famously said she would rather get paid $700 a week for playing a maid than $7 for being one, after civil rights groups criticized the portrayal of black characters in Gone With The Wind. Seventy years later, The Help and Viola Davis are enmeshed in a similar controversy. » 8/05/11 5:25pm 8/05/11 5:25pm

The Night Belongs To Hattie McDaniel

The first African-American actress to win an Academy Award (for her role as Mammy in Gone With The Wind) is, alas, no longer with us — but if she were, today would be her 116th birthday. Raise a glass — or perhaps some kind of spiked popsicle, since it's so damn hot — in her honor tonight. » 6/10/11 7:12pm 6/10/11 7:12pm

Manohla Dargis Has Some Ideas About That Hattie McDaniel Biopic

Total Oscars mashup, fueled by post-Bigelow euphoria: "Maybe Sandra Bullock will take all the good will and power she has rightly accrued" to co-produce Mo'Nique's Hattie McDaniel dream project with Oprah. Kristen Stewart, Dargis says, can play Vivien Leigh. [NYT] » 3/10/10 2:30pm 3/10/10 2:30pm

The Flower in Mo'Nique's Hair: Hattie McDaniel Tribute

Mo'Nique is wearing a flower in her hair as a tribute to the first black woman to win an Oscar, Hattie McDaniel. Mo'Nique's production company is making a film about McDaniel, which she may star in. » 3/07/10 7:15pm 3/07/10 7:15pm