Wes Studi at the Oscars

Wes Studi at the Oscars

Published March 5, 2018

LOS ANGELES – American Indian actor, Wes Studi, took center stage at the 90th Oscars last night when he introduced a short segment on portrayal of the military in film. Studi, a Vietnam War vetern, spoke in his Cherokee language at the end of his remarks.

“I’m proud to have served there for 12 months with Alpha Company of the 39th Infantry. Anyone else?” Studi asked, to silence. “As a veteran, I am always appreciative when filmmakers bring to the screen stories of those who have served. Over 90 years of the Academy Awards, a number of movies with military themes have been honored at the Oscars. Let’s take a moment to pay tribute to these powerful films that shine a great spotlight on those who have fought for freedom around the world.”

Studi was only the second American Indian to speak at the Oscars. Sacheen Littlefeather (White Mountain Apache and Yaqui) was the first. During the Wounded Knee takeover in March 1973, Littlefeather took to the stage to decline the Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in “The Godfather.”

Studi’s most recent role is in “Hostiles.”

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