Unforgettable Moment: Sacheen Littlefeather, the Woman who Declined Brando’s Oscar, Joins Academy Forum on This Day

One Year Ago Today (September 17, 2022)…Nearly 50 years after she took the stage at the Academy Awards on behalf of Marlon Brando and declined his Oscar for “The Godfather” — resulting in boos, heckling, and insults — Sacheen Littlefeather participated in a “healing” event evening at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. This event is part of the Academy’s ongoing efforts to make amends for the mistreatment she endured.

Littlefeather made history at the Oscars in 1973 when she walked on stage, at Brando’s request, to reject his Best Actor Oscar as a protest against the film industry’s treatment of American Indians. Despite being a young aspiring actress at the time, her appearance was met with ridicule and personal attacks on her heritage, leading to the end of her acting career.

However, on Saturday, Littlefeather received an invitation to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures for a “special program of conversation, reflection, healing, and celebration.”


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