“…contrary to urban legend, the woman who accepted Marlon Brando’s 1973 Academy Award was in fact a Native American. Sacheen Littlefeather was born Maria Cruz to a white mother & full-blooded (but mixed tribe) Native dad. John Wayne had to be restrained from dragging her off stage.”
For those of us who don’t revel in the golden pageantry (and I’m with you, more or less, though there were some great moments last night), this has got to rank as one of the more meaningful moments among so many thank you thank you thank you Oscar speeches.
“Sacheen Littlefeather refusing to accept the Best Actor Oscar® on behalf of Marlon Brando for his performance in “The Godfather” – the 45th Annual Academy Awards® in 1973. Liv Ullmann and Roger Moore presented the award.”
…is still a civil rights activist in California. She advocates mostly around First Nations health issues, however has also worked a lot with HIV education as well.
There is a wonderful documentary called Reel Injun that catches up with her. I really recommend this movie, it’s a down to earth look at Hollywood’s fascination with First Nations folk. Some redditors can watch it free from this link:
A close second:
Very much indeed:
Another contender (GG):
Relephant bonus: a tough but fun and open discussion of race: