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Academy apologizes to Sacheen Littlefeather nearly 50 years after rejecting an Oscar on Marlon Brando's behalf

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After nearly half a century, the Academy is issuing a long-overdue apology to Sacheen Littlefeather for mistreatment at the 45th Academy Awards in 1973.

At the time, "The Godfather" was the talk of the town, and it earned Hollywood icon Marlon Brando an Oscar for Best Actor that year.

Instead of a typical acceptance speech given at the podium, Brando sent Littlefeather in his place, not only to decline the award but to enlighten the crowd on the poor representation and portrayals of Native Indians in television and film.

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