The Oscars apologize 50 years later to Sacheen Littlefeather, the indigenous actress who gave the first political speech in the history of the award

The Oscars apologize 50 years later to Sacheen Littlefeather, the indigenous actress who gave the first political speech in the history of the award

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Actors Roger Moore (left) and Liv Ullman (centre) presented the award to Sacheen Littlefeather (right), dressed in Apache costume.

50 years ago, Sacheen Littlefeather, an American Indian actress and activist, was booed during the Oscars. Now, the Academy apologized to her.

Littlefeather appeared live on television in 1973 to refuse an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brandowho had won the best actor award for “The Godfather” for his iconic role as Vito Corleone.

But the actor, known for his activism, did not attend the red carpet and declined to go on stage. He turned down the award because of the misrepresentation and inaccuracy of Native Americans in the American film industry.

In his place came Littlefeather, who was then 26 years old, dressed in Apache garb.

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