It seems like it was only yesterday Will Smith threw hell on stage at the Oscars for Chris Rock after the comedian cracked a rather innocent joke about Jada Pinkett Smith.
There’s no doubt that the incident was the wildest Oscar moment in recent memory, but it might not be the craziest moment.
And after her death last October at the age of 75, I’m reminded of more wild Oscar moments involving Sacheen Littlefeather, John Wayne, Marlon Brando and even Clint Eastwood.
Let’s go back to the 1973 Oscars, when Marlon Brando won his second Oscar that year for his role in The Godfather.
He never accepted the award himself, instead sending Sacheen Littlefeather, President of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee, on stage to accept the award on his behalf so she could speak about the mistreatment of Native Americans The London Economy.
When she got to the microphone, she spoke about the poor treatment and portrayal of Native Americans in the film industry, which, as you can see from the video, was not well received by the crowd.
Clint Eastwood, who hosted the Oscars that year, took to the stage afterwards and made some sly remarks to Littlefeather, saying:
“I don’t know if I should present this award on behalf of all the cowboys that have been filmed in all the John Ford westerns in theaters.”
That wasn’t the wildest part of the night, though.
According to Littlefeather, and it’s still highly controversial, John Wayne had to be physically prevented from running onto the stage and confronting them by six security guards:
“During my presentation, he approached me to force me off the stage and he had to be restrained by six security guards to stop him.”
Sacheen Littlefeather dies at the age of 75
After cnn, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced her death (October 22) in a Twitter post, which read:
“Sacheen Littlefeather, Native American civil rights activist who famously turned down Marlon Brando’s 1973 Academy Award for Best Actor, dies aged 75.”
Although her cause of death was not disclosed, Littlefeather shared in a Facebook post last year that she had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
Last month, the Academy held an event at its Los Angeles Film Museum and featured Littlefeather as speakers along with a number of other Native American actors.
The Academy published one back in August excuse to Littlefeather for how she was treated in 1973, when former Academy President David Rubin called the abuse she received “unjustified and unjustified”.
“The emotional drain you have endured and the cost of your own career in our industry is beyond repair. For too long the courage you have shown has not been recognised. For this we offer both our deepest apologies and our sincere admiration.”
Littlefeather accepted the apology, calling it a “dream come true”:
“We Indians are very patient people – that was only 50 years ago!
We always have to keep our sense of humor. It is our method of survival.”
This old Coors commercial starring John Wayne & R. Lee Ermey is a thing of beauty
Colorado (our home base) is a magical place, and a Coors Banquet hits the spot like few other beers out there. You can take your fancy shit and slide it.
Although this commercial is for Coors Light and not Banquet, it’s still a 1992 gem with a few old-school movie stars: John Wayne and R Lee Ermey.
Wayne died in 1979, but for the commercial they took old footage and adapted it to the scene with beloved actor and veteran Ermey, who died in 2018.
Nothing comes close to this old school Beer Advertising. Nothing at all.
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