Flashback: In Which Marlon Brando Refuses His Oscar for “The Godfather”

We all know The Godfather cemented Marlon Brando’s place in film history as a legendary actor, but perhaps only the film buffs among you know why, despite the title of this post, a Native American woman is featured in the video. The woman was Sacheen Littlefeather, an actress and advocate for Native Americans in the film industry, and Brando asked her to reject his Oscar in order to call attention to “the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry.” Considering what qualifies for Oscars controversy today, this must have been quite the event to witness. You can read about the context of Brando’s refusal here. (Littlefeather was also part of the American Indian Movement’s occupation of Alcatraz, which we posted footage of here.)

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