Jeff Bridges Accepts National Board of Review Award in Honor of Standing Rock Water Protectors

Actor Jeff Bridges accepts award in honor of Standing Rock

“… making sure we live on a healthy planet.”

Published January 5, 2016

NEW YORK — Reminiscent of when Marlon Brando sent Sacheen Littlefeather (Apache) to accept the Oscar for his role in “The Godfather” at the 1973 Academy Awards, last night Jeff Bridges used his acceptance speech at the National Board of Review ceremony to thank the water protectors at Standing Rock for “looking out not only for their own interests, but for all of our interests , making sure we live on a healthy planet.”

The 67-year-old actor won the National Board of Review award in the category of Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Hell Or High Water.”

Shout-outs, such as what Bridges did, helps to keep the issue of opposition by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with over 350 other American Indians tribes, to the Dakota Access pipeline in the national spotlight.

In 1973, Brando refused acceptance of the Oscar, but instead sent Sacheen Littefeather to the stage to highlight the treatment of the American Indians by Hollywood. It was done the 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee by the American Indian Movement.

Here are Jeff Bridges’ remarks at the National Board of Review ceremony held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017:

“I also want to thank all those folks at Standing Rock, and all those people supporting them. The movie deals with the consequences of looking out only for your own self interest, what that costs not just to you, but everybody. And those folks at Standing Rock, they’re looking out not only for their own interests, but for all of our interests, making sure we live on a healthy planet. I support them, I applaud them, and I accept this award on their behalf.”

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