This was the show in which Marlon Brando
who had won Best Actor for The Godfather
(1972) sent Sacheen Littlefeather
, an Apache woman in his place in order to tell the Academy that he was refusing the award because of the way that American Indians were being treated in films and on television. Because of this, the Academy put a strict policy into place, stating that absentee winners were not allowed to send a proxy to accept their awards. See more
[[link=nm0000008]'s Best Actor award is announced
Hello. My name is Sacheen Littlefeather. I'm Apache, and I am president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee. I'm representing Marlon Brando this evening, and he has asked me to tell you, in a very long speech, which I cannot share with you presently, because of time, but I will be glad to share with the press afterwards, that he very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award, and the reasons for this being are ...