Red Nation Film Festival produces a Pre-Oscar Screening Series every year (founded 2009), in order to keep American Indian Image at the forefront of the Motion Picture Industry.
Red Nation Film Festival Awards shares Oscar History.
In honor of the Oscar Awards, we thought we’d share this ground-breaking throwback of American Indian Oscar Winners, Nominees and Activists who have been included in the mix of the Oscars/Academy.
1970, Chief Dan George was the first Native American nominee for a worthy performance in ‘Little Big Man’ 1970
1973, Marlon Brando took a stand for American Indian Image and the Industry’s treatment of American Indian in not accepting the Oscar for “Godfather’ instead sent Sacheen Littlefeather to speak on his behalf.
There have only been two Native actors to be nominated an Oscar; Chief Dan George for his role in the 1970 Little Big Man Graham Greene for his roles in the 1991 Dance with Wolves and The Green Mile in (1999).
1982, The song “Up Where We Belong” co-written by Buffy Sainte Marie with Will Jennings and musician Jack Nitzsche was performed by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for the film An Officer and a Gentleman. It received the Academy Award for Best Song in 1982.
2000, American Indian woman almost an Oscar Nod! Director/Producer Joanelle Romero is the only American Indian Filmmaker to date to be close to Oscar Nod! The closest American Indian women came to an Oscar was Joanelle Romero’s 2000 documentary short, American Holocaust: When It’s All Over I’ll Still Be Indian, narrated by Edward Asner. This documentary is the first and only film that compares Hitler’s attempted genocide of German Jews with the U.S. government’s treatment of American Indians and the lasting effects on the culture today.
Twenty-two shorts were entered that year. Nine were picked for consideration. American Holocaust When It’s All Over I’ll Still Be Indian, was part of that nine chosen. American Indian image and stories are worthy, bankable and marketable.
Proving in Kevin Cosnter’s Dances with Wolves. Winning seven Oscars at the 63rd Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The screenplay was adapted from the 1988 novel Dances with Wolves by the author, Michael Blake.