The Academy of Oscars honors a Native American actress, 50 years after her banishment

Actress Sacheen Littlefeather was honored Saturday at a ceremony in Los Angeles, during which the Academy apologized to her. She had been shouted down in 1973 for refusing an Oscar for “The Godfather” on behalf of Marlon Brando because of the “movie industry’s treatment of American Indians today”.

Almost 50 years after being booed on the stage of Oscars for refusing an award, on behalf of Marlon Brando, in protest of Hollywood’s treatment of Native Americans, Sacheen Littlefeather was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Saturday. During a moving ceremony in Los Angeles, punctuated by dances and Native American songs, the Academy issued a public apology to Sacheen Littlefeather, once celebrated by activists for her approach but ostracized by film professionals.

“I knew I had to tell the truth”

Sacheen Littlefeather, who is Apache and Yaqui, was shouted down at the 1973 ceremony as she explained why Marlon Brando, whom she portrayed in her absence, could not accept his Best Actor Oscar for ‘The Godfather’ due to of the “treatment of American Indians today by the motion picture industry”. To a large audience at the Oscars museum, the actress said on Saturday that she then “came on stage, like a proud Indian woman, with dignity, with courage, with grace and with humility”.

>> READ ALSOWill Smith Banned From Oscars For 10 Years

“I knew I had to tell the truth. Some people could take it. Some people couldn’t.” Sacheen Littlefeather said Western star John Wayne had to be stopped from physically attacking her as she left the stage. Then a member of the Screen Actors’…

Read more on Europe1

VIDEO – The Oscars are even more open to minorities and women

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.