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Howard University Lost Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar

February 1, 2012 by staff 

Howard University Lost Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar, 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.

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.”

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