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  • James Baskett's Song of the South Oscar

    By chance, I found an interesting bit on Song of the South in a book entitled The Cinematic Century by Harry Haun (Applause Books, 2000):

    >>March 19, 1948: "If he doesn't receive an Oscar, I shall stand up tomorrow night and tell the whole world the whole disgraceful story," vows Jean Hersholt on this day, arguing until 4 a.m. in favor of an honorary Oscar for James Baskett in Song of the South. In opposition were certain members of the Academy board who either objected to the fact Baskett had played a slave or felt "Negroes should play only doctors, lawyers and scientists," but they caved in with this threat, and Ingrid Bergman presented Baskett his Special Oscar the following night for "his able and heart-warming characterization of Uncle Remus, friend and storyteller to the children of the world." A regular of radio's Amos 'n' Andy Show, he stepped into the Uncle Remus role when "De Lawd" of The Green Pastures (Rex Ingram) declined. On July 9, 1948 - less than four months after he got the award - the 44-year-old actor died of a heart ailment.<<

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    Re: James Baskett's Song of the South Oscar

    Awww, that's too bad that he passed a way so soon.

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