9. Vanessa Redgrave, Best Supporting Actress, Julia (1977)
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At the 1977 Academy Awards, Vanessa Redgrave found herself between a political rock and a hard place. Redgrave was nominated for her performance as a woman who was heavily involved in early resistance to the Nazis. The same year, the actress had funded and narrated a documentary, The Palestinian, a favorable look at the PLO. This created a politically charged media circus: members of the Jewish Defense League burned her image in effigy in front of the ceremony. Redgrave didn't shy away from her views when she won the statue: She made one of the most apologetically and overtly political acceptance speeches in Oscar history.