Facts About ‘The Godfather’ Even The Most Die-Hard Fans Can’t Refuse To Read About

Marlon Brando Protested His Oscar Win

Marlon Brando was hands-down the favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The Godfather. Most people who are in his position tend to prepare themselves with a speech they might give at the event. But Brando actually had different preparations in mind…

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He didn’t accept the award. He didn’t even show up — Brando sent Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather there to speak on his behalf, to tell the audience and the Academy that he was denying the award due to mistreatment of Native Americans in Hollywood. It was a controversial choice, as many saw it as a disrespectful move toward the film industry that was trying to recognize Brando’s accomplishments.