Marlon Brando is arguably one of the greatest actors of all time, but back in 1973 he actually boycotted the Oscars. This was the year when he was widely considered as a shoe-in for best actor with his role as Vito Corleone in The Godfather.
Brando boycotted the Oscars back then to protest Hollywood’s treatment of Native Americans. In his place, Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather attended, and when she went on stage and read Brando’s speech about the mistreatment of Native Americans, she was booed.
Michael Caine wasn’t actually in the building when winning his first career Oscar for best-supporting actor in Hannah and Her Sisters. Caine was actually busy filming Jaws: The Revenge, a movie that currently has an impressive 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. Was it really worth it?
He eventually learned his lesson and showed up to the 2000 Oscars and accepted his win for his supporting role in The Cider House Rules.
The famous filmmaker and writer never really attend any award ceremonies. Surprisingly, this includes the 1978 Oscars when he won best original screenplay, best actor, and best picture for Annie Hall. However, he did go to a ceremony in 2002 to introduce films that were made in New York to honor the city after the 9/11 attacks.
He was once quoted saying “The whole concept of awards is silly. I cannot abide by the judgment of other people, because if you accept it when they say you deserve an award, then you have to accept it when they say you don’t.”
The Oscars are considered a huge honor to be a part of, so why would these celebrities skip out?