Monday, October 28, 2019

American Indian Actor Wes Studi Tells America “It’s about Time” Upon Receiving an Oscar

By Levi Rickert - October 28, 2019 at 09:25AM

Wes Studi, first American Indian actor, to receive an Oscar.

Published October 28, 2019

LOS ANGELES — Wes Studi (Cherokee), an actor and producer, became the first American Indian actor to received an Academy Award last night at the annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles.

“I’d simply like to say, it’s about time,” Studi said up receiving the Oscar. “It’s been a wild and wonderful ride, and I’m really proud to be here tonight as the first indigenous Native American to receive an Academy Award. It’s a humbling honour to receive an award for something I love to do.”

Studi is known for his portrayal of American Indians in a way that forever changed their stereotype in the movie industry. He has appeard in over 30 films. Breaking new ground, he brought fully developed American Indians characters to the screen, and then took it a step further highlighting the success of American Indians in non-traditional roles. Throughout his 30-year career he’s won numerous awards, including several First Americans in the Arts awards and the 2009 Santa Fe Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

In February 2018, Studi, a Vietnam vet, was invited to present at the 90th Academy Awards, where he introduced a video montage of military movies as a tribute to U.S. veterans. He is a passionate advocate for American Indians issues and a leader in promoting and preserving indigenous languages.

Studi’s credits include 1990’s Dances with Wolves, 1992’s The Last of the Mohicans, 1993’s Geronimo: An American Legend, 2005’s The New World and 2009’s Avatar.

He becomes only the second Indigenous person ever to receive an Oscar. Singer/song writer Buffy Sainte-Marie shared an Oscar for best original song Oscar for “Up Where We Belong” for 1982’s An Officer And a Gentleman.



‘It’s about time’ says Wes Studi: the first Native American man to win an Oscar

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