14 Hollywood stars who didn't accept their Oscars or boycotted the ceremony

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  • The Oscars are the most celebrated awards show in Hollywood.
  • But plenty of actors have rejected their awards or refused to attend the ceremony throughout its 91-year history.

The Oscars are the most celebrated awards show in Hollywood and a star-studded night to celebrate film, even if this year has been met with more controversy and backlash than years prior. The Oscars, voted on by over 9,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, have driven the conversation around the movie industry for nine decades. 

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But that doesn’t mean that everyone wants to go, or even be in the running to win one. In the 91-year history of the ceremony, some of Hollywood’s finest — from Marlon Brando to Will Smith — haven’t been there to accept their awards or nominations, and some of those nominated have refused to attend out of protest. 

As the 91st Oscars looms, Business Insider has rounded up 11 actors and creators who didn’t accept the Oscars they won, and others who decided not to attend but were nominated. Will more be added to the list this year?

The Oscars air February 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Carrie Wittmer contributed to an earlier version of this post.

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Marlon Brando

Knowing he was a shoe-in to win best actor for his role as Vito Corleone in „The Godfather,“ Brando boycotted the Oscars in 1973. In his place, he had Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather attend. She went onstage to accept his award, and when she read Brando’s speech about the mistreatment of Native Americans in film, she got booed.





Roman Polanski

The director didn’t attend the 2003 ceremony that awarded him a statue for best director for his work on „The Pianist.“ But even if he tried, he likely wouldn’t have made it, since he is still a fugitive in the US after a conviction for unlawful sex. Harrison Ford accepted the award on his behalf.

Michael Caine

Michael Caine wasn’t around to accept his first Oscar win for best supporting actor in „Hannah and Her Sisters,“ because he was busy filming „Jaws: The Revenge,“ a movie with a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Caine learned his lesson, and showed up in 2000 to accept his deserved win for a supporting role in „The Cider House Rules.“


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