Saturday, September 28, 2013

FlashBackFlash - Gone with the Wind

  • Nominated for 13 competitive Oscars; winning 8 - Best Picture, Director (Victor Fleming), Actress (Vivien Leigh), Adapted Screenplay (Sidney Howard), Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel), Color Cinematography, Film Editing and Art Direction.
  • William Cameron Menzies received a Special Award for "outstanding achievement in the use of color for the enhancement of dramatic mood in the production of Gone with the Wind"
  • Don Musgrave and Selznick International Pictures were awarded a Technical Achievement Award for "pioneering in the use of coordinated equipment in the production of Gone with the Wind"
  • Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Oscar. Despite this achievement, the United States still had a way to go and she was required (with her escort) to sit at a separate table, apart from other film folk in attendance.
  • Sidney Howard became the first person to win an Academy Award posthumously. He died during filming.
  • Origin of the best film quote of all time "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."
  • The longest film to win Best Picture at 3 hours and 54 minutes.
  • First film completely in colour to win Best Picture.
  • Director Victor Fleming replaced George Cukor after he was fired shortly after filming began; coincidentally, Fleming also replaced Cukor as the director of The Wizard of Oz.
  • After 74 years, still holds the record for the most tickets sold worldwide; the only film to have sold over 200 million.

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