2. Marlon Brando, Best Actor, The Godfather, 1972
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Though Brando's career was fraught with mic-dropping moments, this has to rank near the top. Rather than personally accept his award for The Godfather on his own, Brando sent the beautiful Sacheen Littlefeather, President of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee, in his place.
He did so in protest of the representation of Native Americans in Hollywood, and the government response to the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee . Though she was clearly quite timid in the face of the opportunity, Littlefeather's (aka Marie Louise Cruz) words still resonate today.