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Plot, Details & Awards

Gone With The Wind

(1939)
G In Theaters 01/17/1939 , 222min.
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Plot & Details

Gone With the Wind boils down to a story about a spoiled Southern girl's hopeless love for a married man. Producer David O. Selznick managed to expand this concept, and Margaret Mitchell's best-selling novel, into nearly four hours' worth of screen time, on a then-astronomical 3.7-million-dollar budget, creating what would become one of the most beloved movies of all time. Gone With the Wind opens in April of 1861, at the palatial Southern estate of Tara, where Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) hears that her casual beau Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) plans to marry "mealy mouthed" Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland). Despite warnings from her father (Thomas Mitchell) and her faithful servant Mammy (Hattie McDaniel), Scarlett intends to throw herself at Ashley at an upcoming barbecue at Twelve Oaks. Alone with Ashley, she goes into a fit of histrionics, all of which is witnessed by roguish Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), the black sheep of a wealthy Charleston family, who is instantly fascinated by the feisty, thoroughly self-centered Scarlett: "We're bad lots, both of us." The movie's famous action continues from the burning of Atlanta (actually the destruction of a huge wall left over from King Kong) through the now-classic closing line, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Holding its own against stiff competition (many consider 1939 to be the greatest year of the classical Hollywood studios), Gone With the Wind won ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Vivien Leigh), and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Oscar). The film grossed nearly 192 million dollars, assuring that, just as he predicted, Selznick's epitaph would be "The Man Who Made Gone With the Wind."

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Screenplay Sidney Howard Won
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Won
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing James Newcom Won
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Max Steiner Nominated
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Hattie McDaniel Won
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Hal Kern Won
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Olivia de Havilland Nominated
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Thomas T. Moulton Nominated
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Special Effects Arthur Johns Nominated
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Honorary and Other Awards William Cameron Menzies Won
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Clark Gable Nominated
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Lyle Wheeler Won
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Victor Fleming Won
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Cinematography Ernest Haller Won
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Special Effects Fred Albin Nominated
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Vivien Leigh Won
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Cinematography Ray Rennahan Won
1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Special Effects Jack Cosgrove Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

Film Daily

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1939 Film Daily 10 Best Films Won

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1940 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated
1940 National Board of Review Best Acting Vivien Leigh Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1939 New York Film Critics Circle Best Actress Vivien Leigh Won

New York Times

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1939 New York Times 10 Best Films Won

Photoplay

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1939 Photoplay Award Won
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