Oklahoman and Cherokee actor Wes Studi introduced a montage of military movies at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Studi spoke about his service as a soldier during the Vietnam War. At the end of his speech, Studi spoke in the Cherokee language.
According to a Tweet from the Cherokee Nation on Monday morning, he said: “Hello. Appreciation to all veterans & Cherokees who’ve served. Thank you!”
Studi shared the Cherokee Nation Tweet.
Studi most recently starred in “Hostiles” (2017). His starring credits also include the Oscar-winning films “Avatar” (2009), “The Last of the Mohicans” (1992) and “Dances with Wolves” (1990). Additionally, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated films “The New World” (2005) and “Geronimo: An American Legend” (1993). He will next appear in “A Dog’s Way Home.”
Here’s and updated story about the Oklahomans who made on impact at the Oscars Sunday night.
By Michael Smith
Oklahoma actor Wes Studi was a presenter at Sunday’s Academy Awards who was selected because of his military service and who finished his speech by speaking in Cherokee.
Ahead of a montage of scenes from military movies, meant to honor American veterans, Studi spoke of his own service in the Vietnam War.
“I’m proud to have served there for 12 months with Alpha Company of the 39th Infantry. Anyone else?” Studi asked, with no response from the audience.
“As a veteran, I am always appreciative when filmmakers bring to the screen stories of those who have served. Over 90 years of the Academy Awards, a number of movies with military themes have been honored at the Oscars. Let’s take a moment to pay tribute to these powerful films that shine a great spotlight on those who have fought for freedom around the world.”
The Cherokee native concluded by speaking in his native language. He said, according to a Tweet from the Cherokee Nation on Monday morning: “Hello. Appreciation to all veterans & Cherokees who’ve served. Thank you!”
Meanwhile, another Oklahoman who took the stage at the Oscars was Tulsa-born singer-songwriter St. Vincent, who was part of a backing ensemble to Sufjan Stevens, who performed his best original song nominee, “Mystery of Love,” from the film “Call Me by Your Name.”
A final Oklahoma connection to this year’s Academy Awards: The film “Mudbound,” which was nominated for four Oscars, was based on a book by Hillary Jordan, an author who spent some years in her youth in Muskogee.
Side note: In last Wednesday’s Weekend section, I predicted the outcome of 13 categories at the Academy Awards. My picks went 13-for-13 on Sunday night.