When Jane Fonda was nominated for a best actress Oscar (for her portrayal of a call girl in Klute) in 1972, many observers feared that she would use the Academy's podium as a soap box to deliver a strident speech denouncing the Vietnam War. Her father (among others) implored her to exercise restraint, however, and Fonda gave the issue considerable thought.
Sure enough, Fonda won. As she approached the platform, millions of viewers watched with wonder, many dreading what "Hanoi Jane" would do. "There is a great deal to say," she began, "and... I'm not going to say it tonight."