Photo: Hattie McDaniel with presenter Fay Bainter at the 12th Academy Awards in 1940
Please accept my belated congratulations for your "Courage" in Judging (Our) Miss Hattie McDaniels [sic] the Best Supporting Actress.
I am Proud to see the Motion Picture Industry grow more Detirmined [sic] to Apply Democracy.
I know your Act will Create a Vast amount of Goodwill and will help Americans to Grow out of their Mistaken Beleifs [sic] about each other.
May All of you Grow in Wisdom and Understanding and enjoy Good Health, Happiness and Success in All of your Efforts.
*Click here if you'd like to watch a clip of Fay Bainter presenting the Oscar to Hattie McDaniel, followed by McDaniel's acceptance speech.