Academy apologizes to Sacheen Littlefeather over ’73 controversy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued a formal apology to Sacheen Littlefeather, who famously denied an Oscar five decades ago to Marlon Brando The Godfather Best Actor Award on his behalf.

The abuse you suffered because of this statement was unwarranted and unwarranted… The emotional toll you have lived through and the cost to your own career in our industry is irreparable. For too long the courage you showed has gone unrecognized. For this we offer both our deepest apologies and our sincere admiration.”

Littlefeather, whose real name is Marie Louise Cruz, replied with tongue in cheek: “We Indians are very patient people – it’s only been 50 years!” She added sincerely, “It is deeply encouraging to see how much has changed.” Littlefeather, clearly putting a grudge behind him, is scheduled to appear at the newly opened Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

The incident, sparked by Brando’s disapproval of the treatment and portrayal of Native Americans in Hollywood, stands as one of the most controversial in Oscar history—and one that almost had John Wayne throwing punches. Other notable controversies include Gone With the Wind winner Hattie McDaniels segregated seating, La La Land quite does not wins Best Picture and, well you know…

What do you think? Was the Academy’s apology golden enough?

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