Press "Enter" to skip to content

How Oscar Speeches Became So Political | Retro Report

-It’s our time to have wage
equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the
United States of America. [Applause] When did the Oscars become so
political, a platform for Hollywood stars and their favorite causes? -In case you are confused, there
is no host tonight, there won’t be a popular movie category, and
Mexico is not paying for the wall. [Applause] -The Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences 25th Annual Academy Awards. In the 1950s, when the Oscars
were first broadcast on live TV, the event celebrated how movies
took people away from the real world. -But isn’t it exciting to know that a
lot of these glamorous stars are going to be in your homes
tonight? All over America,
housewives are turning to their husbands and saying, put on your
shirt, Joan Crawford is coming. [Laughter] The viewing audience was a lot
smaller than today’s. Maybe that’s why acceptance
speeches were a lot shorter. -I guess all I can say is thank you. Thank you with all my heart. When Walt Disney got an Oscar
for best short documentary, he actually said nothing at all. But that changed in the 1970s, when protest took the
stage at the Oscars. -Accepting the award for Marlon
Brando and “The Godfather”… To support Native American
activism around the country, Marlon Brando refused to accept
his award for best actor, sending an Apache actor in his place. And the reasons for this being,
are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry. Excuse me. [Applause and Boos] And in 1978, Vanessa Redgrave
waded into Middle East politics. -And you have refused to be
intimidated by the threats of a small bunch of Zionist hoodlums
whose behavior… [Boos] Not everyone liked the new trend. -I would like to suggest to Miss
Redgrave that her winning an Academy Award is not a pivotal
moment in history, does not require a proclamation
and a simple thank you would have sufficed. But things were just heating up. -I was really struck by this idea
that there were one billion people watching this thing. Taking advantage of a global
audience, Hollywood stars shared their views on a variety of hot
button issues. -To Deng Xiaoping right now in
Beijing, that he will take his troops and take the Chinese away from
Tibet and allow these people to live as free, independent
people again. -We live in a time where we have
fictitious election results that elects a fictitious president. -To all of the gay and lesbian kids
out there tonight, very soon, I promise you, you will have equal
rights, federally, across this great nation of ours. -There are more black men under
correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. -Climate change is real. It is happening right now. -To all the dreamers out there, we
stand with you. And it was just a matter of time
before the Oscars themselves became a target. -Well, I’m here at the Academy Awards,
uh, otherwise known as the White People’s Choice Awards. -I want to take a moment to
applaud all of my actors and actresses of color that didn’t get
nominated tonight. With an election at home and
tensions abroad, the 2020 Oscars are certain to be another
star-studded cultural and political event. But who will grab the
microphone? -Make the moral choice between
love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing. [Applause] You know I had to get
that in there.


  1. Evan Smith
    Evan Smith February 5, 2020

    It’s that time of the year again where a bunch of out of touch celebrities spew out bullshit that isn’t even happening. A lot of “orange man bad” and “muh diversity”, and “white people bad” coming up soon can’t wait

  2. Rudie Obias
    Rudie Obias February 5, 2020

    I dunno, you have the platform and you have a voice, might as well take advantage of the moment.

  3. Miroslav Georgiev
    Miroslav Georgiev February 6, 2020

    Damn, the Oscars were always kind of cringey, weren't they?

  4. AvaAnnie
    AvaAnnie February 6, 2020

    I don’t watch because of the political speeches. If I wanted that, I’d watch election coverage….

  5. Slapstick Genius
    Slapstick Genius February 8, 2020

    Sacheen Littlefeather talked about the treatment of Native Americans in the oscars.

  6. Yakult
    Yakult February 8, 2020

    The thing is, these days Social Media apps does exist. If they want to rant about politics, why not do it there?! I don't think anyone watches award shows to see a bunch of celebrities lecturing people about what they think is right. Fuck that! If I wanted to see a political debate, I would just turn on the TV to CNN or something. I mean, they're always talking politics.
    Kids watch Award Shows as well to debate on which or whom would win. I don't want my kids to grow up and keep thinking/asking me about politics because a bunch of "Relevant" human beings just won't shut up about it.

  7. mst3kanita
    mst3kanita February 12, 2020

    Dang, people were rude as f back then, with the booing.

  8. Marty Callmer
    Marty Callmer February 12, 2020

    What makes these people think they are so smart and so special? They live in a different world than we do and then try and tell us what to think. Just do your jobs entertain us and shut the hell up

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *