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An Oscars Apology for Sacheen Littlefeather, 50 Years After Brando Protest

By Amanda Holpuch

16 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

One of the most disruptive moments in the history of the Academy awards is being talked about again.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has apologized to Sacheen Littlefeather, an Apache and Yaqui actress and activist who was booed onstage at the Oscars in 1973 after she refused the best actor award on behalf of Marlon Brando.

The Academy said in a statement Monday that it had apologized to Littlefeather, 75, in June, nearly 50 years after Littlefeather pierced through the Academy Awards facade of shiny statues and bright lights in 1973 and injected the ceremony with criticism about Native American stereotypes in media.

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