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.
Vanessa Redgrave, Best Supporting Actress, Julia (1977)