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Deluge of Oscars Politics Began With Brando

Should any of this year's winners at the Oscars use the occasion to promote a political cause, you can thank — or blame — Marlon Brando. Brando's role as Vito Corleone in The Godfather remains a signature performance in movie history. But his response to winning an Academy Award was truly groundbreaking. Upending a decades-long tradition of tears, nervous humor, thank-yous and general goodwill, he sent actress Sacheen Littlefeather in his place to the 1973 ceremony to...

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