Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony was full of montages. Each acting award was preceded by clips of past winners, and additional montages focused on the magic of special effects and costume designs in movies throughout the decades. Ahead of the Best Cinematography presentation, actor Wes Studi (Hostiles) came on stage to introduce a very specific montage about military movies. American Sniper, The Hurt Locker, Saving Private Ryan, and Zero Dark Thirty were all included.
The topic was personal, as Studi served as a soldier 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, to silence. “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.”
Studi ended by speaking in Cherokee.
Watch the full clip above.