Wes Studi at Native Nations Rise in Washington, D.C., on March 10, 2017. Photo by Indianz.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Cherokee actor Wes Studi selected as presenter for Oscar ceremony

Actor Wes Studi, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, will be one of the presenters at the 90th Academy Awards.

Few Natives have been nominated for Oscar awards -- The Associated Press counted just three. Only one of them, Buffy Sainte-Marie, who is Cree, won for her original song, "Up Where We Belong" in 1983.

Fewer Natives have ever appeared on stage at the ceremony. The AP found two instances, including the one by activist and actress Sacheen Littlefeather way back in 1973.

And the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which produces the event, only recently invited more Native actors, writers and talent to join its ranks in Hollywood.

"It's a time when we're all hopefully embracing the diversity of the world we live in, and Hollywood has a way of reflecting that," Studi told The Associated Press of his participation.

The Oscars will be televised on ABC this Sunday evening.

Read More on the Story:
Native Actor Wes Studi Just Announced As An Official Presenter at the 90th Oscars (Indian Country Media Network February 21, 2018)
Native American Actor Wes Studi Relishes Rare Oscar Invite (The Associated Press February 28, 2018)

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