Along with women’s rights in the Academy, other political issues have been subject to question. Even since the first Awards ceremony in 1929, celebrities have unofficially had the opportunity to use the night for whatever they may choose to make of it. Due to the program being aired live, many unexpected and unpredictable things have happened.
In 1972 Marlin Brando did not even make it to the Awards ceremony and sent an Indian Princess to "accept" his Oscar for him. When the princess stepped onto the stage she would not accept the Oscar, however, and told the audience that Brando could not accept such a honorary award as long as filmmakers continued to treat Native Americans as they did.
Then, in 1977 Vanessa Redgrave, an actress from England, made quite the uproar when, in her acceptance speech, she spoke out against Fascism and anti-Semitism ("Oscar's Greatest").
In 1996 Jessie Jackson asked people to boycott the Academy Awards because there was a lack of minority nominations. That year, out of the 166 nominees, only one person was not Caucasian ("Jesse" 57).