Top 10 Quotes Dissing the Academy Awards
#10 - Johnny Carson
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"As you all know by now, this is the 51st annual Academy Awards. Two hours of sparkling entertainment spread out over a four-hour show."
—Johnny Carson, host, Academy Award ceremony, 1979

#09 - Chevy Chase
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"Good evening, Hollywood phonies."
—Chevy Chase, salutation, hosting the Academy Award ceremony, 1988

#08 - Chris Rock
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"I never watched the Oscars. Come on, it’s a fashion show . . . What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars? Show me one. And they don’t recognize comedy, and you don’t see a lot of black people nominated, so why should I watch it?"
—Chris Rock, 77th Academy Awards host, quoted in Entertainment Weekly, 2005

#07 - Vincent Canby
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"The solemnity of the annual Nobel ceremonies in Stockholm with the cheerful bad taste of the grand opening of a shopping center in Los Angeles."
—Vincent Canby, describing the Academy Award ceremony, 1983

#06 - Sally Field
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"What does the Academy Award mean? I don’t think it means much of anything."
—Sally Field, 1980

#05 - Woody Allen
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"I have no regard for that kind of ceremony. I just don’t think they know what they’re doing. When you see who wins those things—or who doesn’t win them—you can see how meaningless this Oscar thing is."
—Woody Allen, 1978

#04 - Humphrey Bogart
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"Awards are meaningless for actors, unless they all play the same part."
—Humphrey Bogart, 1943

#03 - Dustin Hoffman
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"The Academy Awards are obscene, dirty . . . no better than a beauty contest."
—Dustin Hoffman, 1975

#02 - George C. Scott
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"The (Academy Award) ceremonies are a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons."
—George C. Scott, declining the Oscar for Best Actor, 1971

#01 - Sacheen Littlefeather
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"Hello, my name is Sacheen Littlefeather. I’m Apache and president of the National Native American Affirmative Action Committee. I’m representing Marlon Brando tonight and he’s asked me to tell you in a very long speech which I cannot share with you presently because of time that he very regretfully cannot accept their very generous award and the reasons for this being the treatment of American Indians by the film industry."
—Sacheen Littlefeather (Maria Cruz), declining Brando’s Best Actor Award for The Godfather, 1973 Academy Awards

User Comments - Add a Comment
WOODY SAID THAT? - 2008-02-09 04:15:27
Why would Woody Allen say this a year after beating Star Wars with Annie Hall is beyond my thinking.
Anonymous - 2008-04-17 01:18:03
Sacheen Littlefeather is not a real Indian if you didn't know. quoted off IMDB: Refused to accept the award for the reason that the U.S. and especially Hollywood are discriminating Native American people. Brando did not show up at the ceremony, but instead sent a faked Indian woman named Sacheen Littlefeather who later turned out to be Maria Cruz, a less known Californian actress.
Fen - 2009-03-24 00:50:51

Actually, Sacheen was of mixed heritage, her father was Apache and Yaqui. SHe was a small time actress and activist.

Manoba - 2009-08-10 19:14:19

Oh, get over it with the Annie Hall-Star Wars thing already. A New Hope wasn't all that good. It was a Saturday Morning cartoon. It had light sabers. Big whoop. Besides, that's not the point. Woody Allen would probably agree that some people like Star Wars, some like Annie Hall and that it's all a pageant. I suppose if you think The Oscars really are all that important and relevant to the quality of a film then you might be upset that Annie Hall won out over Star Wars. But it's a silly vanity prize that reflects the tastes of the times.

Info - 2009-08-16 05:35:04

Roger Ebert got that whole she's not a Native American thing wrong. She is Native American, although she was not as intwined in her culture until her teens. The clip has over one million views on YouTube, meaning the point was made either way.

Apache - 2010-07-23 23:01:55

Contrary to misinformation which has been published on the internet, Sacheen Littlefeather is indeed of true Native American Indian descent. Sacheen was born Marie Cruz in Salinas, California. Her mother is French-German-Dutch, and her father was from the White Mountain Apache and Yaqui tribes from Arizona. "Cruz" is her father's recognized tribe name. Sacheen took the name "Sacheen Littlefeather" after high school to reflect her natural heritage. She is not a "Mexican actress" as Roger Ebert incorrectly reported.

Ernie - 2013-09-23 01:05:27

Well, Sacheen Littlefeather is alive and well, while Roger Ebert is pushing up the daisies, so who is the real winner here? Besides, she didn't write the screenplay for a Russ Meyer T&A movie, either . . . big win for the little lady.