Minority Oscar Winners in Major Acting Categories

Jennie Wood

Sacheen Littlefeather for Marlon Brando
Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Godfather, 1972
Sashim Littlefeather
At the 1973 Academy Awards, Marlon Brando refused his Best Actor Oscar for The Godfather. Dressed in Apache attire, Sacheen Littlefeather stood in for him at the ceremony and announced that due to the "poor treatment of the Native Americans in the film industry," Brando would not be accepting the award. Littlefeather's announcement came during the standoff at Wounded Knee and received international media attention.
Photo source: AP Photo
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