When Michael Moore accepted his Best Documentary Oscar for Bowling for Columbine, much of America cringed, knowing that this pundit/filmmaker used every opportunity he could get to speak out against the Bush administration. Then this happened (see the clip above).
Even the painfully outspoken, liberal Hollywood set was taken aback. That’s a tough bar to clear, Michael, but if anyone can do it, it’s your cookie dough, baseball hat-wearin’ ass.
The 1973 Best Actor Oscar went to Marlon Brando for his iconic turn in The Godfather. The eccentric (that’s what you call it when a rich person’s crazy) actor decided to have American Indian Rights activist Sacheen Littlefeather accept the award on his behalf, due to his objection of the depiction of American Indians by American film and television.
To his credit, American Indians, especially in that era, were little more than caricatures. Though it’s doubtful this spectacle changed that going forward, it did open the eyes of many Americans.