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The actors who had their Oscars revoked, or refused to accept

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Imagine you’re called up on stage to receive the honour of a lifetime – an Academy award – but instead of thanking everyone you know, you decide to take a stand.

To date, just three people have rejected an Oscar out of well over 2,000 winners.

So let’s start with them.

Dudley Nichols – 1935 Oscar for Best Screenplay

The first person to reject an Oscar was screenwriter Dudley Nichols, who won for Best Screenplay for the 1935 film, ‘The Informer’. Set during the Irish War Of Independence and adapted from the novel of the same name by Liam O’Flaherty, John Ford would go on to win Best Director with Nichols winning Best Screenplay.

Nichols refused to accept the Oscar and cited an ongoing writer’s strike in Hollywood as his reason.

George C. Scott shows his feelings.

George C. Scott – 1971 Oscar for Best Actor

Scott famously called the Oscars “a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons,” and sent a telegram to the Academy telling them that he’d be refusing the award.

Scott, who was noted for his utter distaste for the entire ceremony.

Sacheen Littlefeather displays the hand-written speech from Marlon Brando.

Marlon Brando – 1973 Oscar for Best Actor

In 1973, perhaps one of the most famous moments in Oscar history occurred. Marlon Brando, another heavy favourite to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in ‘The Godfather’, was announced as the winner.

But Brando didn’t turn up to the Academy Awards – as an added gesture, he sent Sacheen Littlefeather in his stead.

Then there are the very rare instances where the Academy has revoked a nomination. 

Hondo (1953)

In 1954, the John Wayne western Hondo was nominated for Best Story. The film was later disqualified when it was discovered that the script was based on a short story called “The Gift of Cochise.” What a story.

Tuba Atlantic (2010)

Tuba Atlantic is a 25-minute Norwegian short film about a 70-year-old man who only has six days to live and spends that time reconciling with his estranged family.

It was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film in 2012, but the nomination was wa later revoted because the film appeared on TV before movie cinemas. And at the Oscars, film comes first.

13 Hours (2016)

In 2017, 13 Hours earned a single Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, with four members of the sound team (Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Mac Ruth, and Greg P. Russell) singled out for their work.

But just one day before the ceremony — the Academy announced that they were rescinding Russell’s nomination as a result of “telephone lobbying.”

Upon recommendation by the Sound Branch Executive Committee, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to rescind the Sound Mixing nomination for Greg P. Russell from 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi for violation of Academy campaign regulations. The decision was prompted by the discovery that Russell had called his fellow members of the Sound Branch during the nominations phase to make them aware of his work on the film, in direct violation of a campaign regulation that prohibits telephone lobbying.

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New research reveals simple routines to combat aging and promote healthy skin

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The essential role of nutrition, lifestyle, and wellness in skin health and aging

 

Recent research underscores the critical link between our diet and skin health, suggesting that certain foods can significantly improve skin conditions. These findings highlight the importance of dietary adjustments to promote healthier skin and prevent common skin issues.

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Harris takes aim at Trump, links him to Project 2025

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Kamala Harris, in her inaugural presidential campaign rally, launched a scathing critique linking former President Donald Trump to Project 2025.

As Kamala Harris kicks off her campaign for the Presidential election, she’s taken aim at Donald Trump and the so called Project 2025.

The Vice President told a crowd in Indianapolis that Project 2025 aims to “take us backward.” #featured #trending

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President Biden says it’s time to ‘pass the torch’

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President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he is “passing the torch to a new generation” as he explained his abrupt departure from the 2024 presidential race to Americans for the first time, in an Oval Office address capping over 50 years in politics.

“I revere this office,” Biden said. “But I love my country more.”

Biden, 81, rebuffed weeks of pressure from Democrats to step aside after a disastrous debate performance on June 27, saying at one point that only the “Lord Almighty” could convince him to go.

Unite the nation

“I have decided the best way forward is to pass the torch to a new generation. That is the best way to unite our nation,” Biden said.

Biden made his decision after days of soul-searching and agonizing over internal polling that predicted he could lose against Republican Donald Trump in November and drag down fellow Democrats with him.

“The great thing about America is here, kings and dictators do not rule. The people do. History is in your hands. The power is in your hands. The idea of America – lies in your hands,” Biden will say, according to the speech excerpts.

It will be Biden’s first extended public remarks since he relented to pressure from fellow Democrats and announced on Sunday via social media that he had decided not to seek reelection on Nov. 5.

Biden is the first incumbent president not to seek reelection since 1968 when Lyndon Johnson, under fire for his handling of the Vietnam War, abruptly pulled out of the campaign on March 31.

Biden also joins James K. Polk, James Buchanan, Rutherford B. Hayes, Calvin Coolidge and Harry Truman as presidents who all decided not to stand for a second elected term.

Biden faced calls to step aside after his rocky performance in the debate against Trump raised troubling questions about his mental acuity.

Since he stepped aside, however, Democrats have rallied around him, paying tribute to his character and his record as president.

Watching together

A crowd of staff walked into the White House earlier in the evening to watch the speech together. An official said a reception and “viewing party” were being held across the White House’ state floor for Biden’s address.

The White House has denied that Biden has any cognitive issues despite a recent increase in verbal slipups.

Biden said he will focus on his job as president over his remaining six months in office. He is to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday on efforts to negotiate a Gaza ceasefire.

It was the fourth time Biden used the formal setting of the Oval Office since taking office in 2021. His last Oval Office speech was on July 15 when he urged Americans to cool the political rhetoric after the attempted assassination of Trump.

Biden’s political career began when he was elected to the Senate in 1972 at age 29, becoming the sixth youngest U.S. senator. He will conclude his White House tenure on Jan. 20, 2025, as the oldest American president when he will have already turned 82.

“The defense of democracy is more important than any title,” Biden said. “I draw strength, and find joy, in working for the American people. But this sacred task of perfecting our Union is not about me. It’s about you. Your families. Your futures. It’s about ‘We the People.’”

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