After almost 50 years, the Oscar authorities have apologized to Native American and Hollywood actress Sachin Littlefeather. The apology came in a letter sent by Academy President David Rubin last June. This information was given in a BBC report.
In 1972, Marlon Brando won the best actor Oscar for his performance in the movie ‘The Godfather’. At the 45th Academy Awards in 1973, actors Liv Ullmann and Roger Moore announced Brand’s name, and actress Sachin Littlefeather took the stage instead.
- Marlon Brando refused the Oscar for Best Actor because of the negative representation of American Indians in the film industry and sent actress Sachin Littlefeather on his behalf. Littlefeather came under fire after giving a 1-minute-and-a-second speech on behalf of Marlon Brando at the Oscars.
- Many people in the audience scolded him at that event. Western star John Wayne was behind the stage at that time. He was furious and blocked Littlefeather with six of his bodyguards.
- That year, Littlefeather said, he was ridiculed for his short speech at the Academy. He has been discriminated against and personally attacked.
- Almost 50 years after this incident, Oscar apologized to Sachin Littlefeather. A letter sent by Academy President David Rubin in June. “Littlefeather’s speech is a powerful statement,
reminding us of the need for respect and the importance of human dignity,” Rubin said.
In the letter, Rubin noted, “Littlefeather was mistreated for his speech.” Which was unreasonable and unfair. But he endured it. He was under stress in the industry and suffered irreparable damage to his career. However, the courage he has shown by holding on to this career for a long time is commendable. For this we offer our deepest apologies and sincere respect.’
Littlefeather said, “I never thought I would be able to hear such a thing in my life.”
Littlefeather said in a statement: “It’s heartwarming to see how much the Academy has changed since not accepting the award 50 years ago.”
Regarding the academy’s apology, Littlefeather said, “We Indians are very patient. It’s only been 50 years!