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.
Oscar History > Red Nation Film Festival Awards
In honor of the Oscar Awards, we thought we’d share some facts of these ground-breaking American Indian Oscar Winners, Nominees and Activists.
1970, Chief Dan George was the first Native American nominee for a worthy performance in ‘Little Big Man’
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).
There has only been one Native musician to *WIN* an Oscar;
1982, Buffy St Marie – Best Music, Original Song for An Officer and a Gentleman, For the song “Up Where We Belong”.
There has only been one Native Filmmaker to be close to Oscar nod;
2000, Joanelle Romero’s 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 stories have proven to be 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.