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If any of this year's Oscars winners use the occasion to promote a political cause, you can thank – or blame – Marlon Brando. Brando's role as Vito Corleone in "The Godfather" remains a signature performance in movie history.In the years since, winners have brought up everything from climate change (Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant," 2016) to abortion (John Irving, screenplay winner in 2000) to equal pay for women (Patricia Arquette, best supporting actress winner in 2015 for "Boyhood").Producers for this year's Oscars show have said they want to emphasize the movies themselves, but between the #MeToo movement and Hollywood's general disdain for U.S. President Donald Trump, political or social statements appear likely at the March 4 ceremony.Before Brando, winners avoided making news even if the time was right and the audience never bigger.When Jane Fonda, the most politicized of actresses, won for "Klute" in 1972, her speech was brief and uneventful.According to the movie academy's database of Oscar speeches, the term "McCarthyism" was not used until 2014, when Harry Belafonte mentioned it upon receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.No winner said the words "civil rights" until George Clooney in 2006, as he accepted a supporting actor Oscar for "Syriana".Political or social comments were often safely connected to the movie.
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