GwtW won best picture at the Academy Awards in 1940 (actually 10 of 13 nominations, a long-standing record). The ceremony was in the Coconut Grove Ballroom at the Ambassador Hotel in LA. The awards were also held fairly often at the Biltmore Hotel (where I stayed last week) during the 1930's & 40's. Off the lobby, the Biltmore has a hallway with photos of the various ceremonies (which were set up more like the Golden Globes back then) including photos of Clark Gable and other stars of the film.
Yesterday, Marc was speaking about copyright, and he mentioned how Turner Classics “colorized” many films so that Turner would still hold rights to that version after the original fell into public domain. I started thinking about all the endless re-masters, re-releases and special editions of GwtW, and this makes me think that the rights are probably safe for a long time. Marc also talked recently about the controversial book The Wind Done Gone, a parody of GwtW by Alice Randall that sees the events from the slave’s point of view.
I think this may be a generational obsession. Does anybody else have stories about this film?