The Oscars are a time for Hollywood to celebrate the best of, well, itself. But, sometimes, the artists who are honored by the Academy use their platform as a chance to speak out about political issues close to their hearts. Here are 10 of the most political Oscar moments of all time.More
When Marlon Brando won Best Actor for his iconic role in The Godfather, he shocked the Academy—and the world—by declining the award and sending activist Sacheen Littlefeather, then-president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee, to read a speech protesting the US Marshals siege on Wounded Knee.
In 1993, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins were tasked with presenting the award for Best Editing. Usually, the winners are the ones making the memorable speeches, not the presenters—but Sarandon and Robbins gave a passionate speech calling out the U.S. government for running an internment camp for Haitians suffering from HIV and AIDS in Cuba.