From the Washington Post:
After winning the 2010 Oscar for best supporting actress, Mo’Nique noted that she was wearing a royal blue dress, along with a gardenia in her hair, because that’s what Hattie McDaniel wore 70 years earlier, when she became the first African American to receive an Academy Award.
“Ms. Hattie McDaniel, I feel you all over me, and it’s about time that the world feels you all over them,” said Mo’Nique, the Baltimore County actress and comedienne who is producing a film biography about McDaniel.
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The tribute renewed an old mystery: Where is McDaniel’s own, historic Oscar?
It belongs to Howard University’s theater department, which has spent years trying to figure out what happened to the Oscar that disappeared decades ago — though nobody knows exactly when.
“It’s a never-ending mystery,” says Tom Gregory, a Hollywood memorabilia collector. “Where is it? It’s really an unbelievable story.”