March 27, 1973. Marlon brando was predicted to win the oscar for his riveting performance in the godfather.
Instead of attending the ceremony, the actor sent sacheen littlefeather, president of the national native american affirmative image committee, to represent him.
Brando's instructions for her were to decline the award and read his speech protesting the depiction of native americans in film and calling attention to the political protest underway at wounded knee.
At the oscars, littlefeather was cautioned that she would only be allowed one minute insead of the five or six needed to read brando's entire speech.
Her unexpected appearance was met with boos and applause, followed by a backlash against her which imapcted her career and wellbeing.
On june 18, 2022. the day her academy visuals history was recorded.
Littlefeather recounted the experience and shared the speech as brando wanted it to be heard.
Sacheen Littlefeather refused Marlon Brando’s Oscar