Marlon Brando didn’t show up to collect his second Golden Globe in 1972 for “The Godfather,” which should have signaled his upcoming rejection of the Oscar.
After all, back in 1954, he was there to pick up his prize from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. when he won for “On the Waterfront.”
The HFPA, which only nominated three performers in each category back then, had snubbed Brando for his Oscar-nominated turns in “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951), “Viva Zapata!” (1952) and “Julius Caesar” (1953).
He lost those Oscar races to Humphrey Bogart (“The African Queen”), Gary Cooper (“High Noon”) and William Holden (“Stalag 17”) respectively.
Determined to finally prevail, Brando changed his ways, becoming the prince of politeness with the press. As the LA Times reported on his Globes appearance, “Unusual was the fact that Brando appeared to accept his award.” The Mirror-News added, “Brando showed up a the banquet wearing impeccably tailored dinner clothes and a charming smile. In fact, he was so downright human that one old hand cracked, ‘What happened to all his false reserve?’”
Brando also won the World Film Favorite award, which was decided by a poll of film fans in 40 nations.
Both of those awards were sold Sunday by Heritage Auctions. His Golden Globe netted $68,500 while the popularity prize got $32,500.
The draft of his 1972 Oscar rejection speech denouncing Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans went for a mere $1,250.
Brando’s estate is precluded from selling the Oscar he won for “On the Waterfront” as all winners since 1950 are required to sign an agreement that they will offer the academy right of first refusal.