Oscars Formally Apologize to Sacheen Littlefeather 50 Years Later

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Sacheen Littlefeather Speaking at Academy Awards

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The Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences has formally apologized to Sacheen Littlefeather, the Native girl who took to the Oscars stage in 1973 to say no an award that was given to actor Marlon Brando.

In keeping with studies, the Academy introduced that that they had reached out to Littlefeather, also called Marie Louise Cruz, in June with a letter of apology for the abuse she obtained whereas showing on behalf of Brando, who had gained the Oscar for Greatest Male Actor for his function in The Godfather in 1973. Brando selected to boycott the ceremony, citing Hollywood’s and the federal authorities’s ill-treatment of Native Individuals. Then 26 years previous, Littlefeather declined the award and was subjected to booing from the viewers, with John Wayne having to be restrained by six safety members from attacking her bodily on the time.

The letter from former Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences President David Rubin, which was revealed with the announcement, stated partly: “The abuse you endured due to this assertion was unwarranted and unjustified. The emotional burden you’ve gotten lived via and the associated fee to your individual profession in our business are irreparable. For too lengthy the braveness you confirmed has been unacknowledged. For this, we provide each our deepest apologies and our honest admiration.”

The Academy has additionally deliberate an occasion, entitled “An Night With Sacheen Littlefeather”, to be held on September seventeenth in Los Angeles, California on the Academy Museum. The occasion will characteristic Littlefeather in dialog with Chicken Runningwater, co-chair of the Academy’s Indigenous Alliance together with a land acknowledgment and the studying of the letter together with musical and dance performances. Jacqueline Stewart, the Director and President of the Academy Museum, would be the emcee for the night. “We’re delighted and humbled that Sacheen has so generously chosen to interact with the museum and Academy to mirror upon her attempting expertise on the 1973 Academy Awards,” she wrote within the announcement.

Littlefeather, who has had a prolonged profession as an advocate for Native Individuals within the well being sector, was appreciative of the apology. “Concerning the Academy’s apology to me, we Indians are very affected person folks—it’s solely been 50 years! We have to maintain our humorousness about this always. It’s our technique of survival,” she stated within the assertion. The occasion is free to the general public, with ticket reservations obtainable on the Academy’s web site.


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