Sacheen Littlefeather: Oscars apologises to actress after 50 years

The Oscars has apologised to Sacheen Littlefeather, a Native American woman booed off stage nearly 50 years ago.

The activist and actress appeared on live TV in 1973 to refuse an Oscar that Marlon Brando won for The Godfather.

Brando rejected the best actor award because of misrepresentation of Native Americans by the US film industry – and sent Littlefeather in his place.

The Academy said Littlefeather endured “unwarranted and unjustified” abuse following her brief speech.

“I never thought I’d live to see the day I would be hearing this,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.

Littlefeather, then 26, was heckled and shunned by the entertainment industry following her speech at the awards.

Her speech was, organisers said, the first political statement at the televised ceremony – beginning a trend which continues to this day.

Introducing herself on behalf of Brando – who wrote “a very long speech” – she briefly told the audience “that he very regretfully cannot accept this very…

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