Unlike the 2009 Oscars, which had a few minor references to Indians, the 2010 ceremony was almost a complete blank. The only "Native" presence I saw was Indian wannabe Taylor Lautner, with his bit of Potawatomi and Ottawa ancestry.
The cameras showed him in the audience once, when he and Zac Efron were the subject of a Steve Martin joke. He presented an award with Kristen Stewart. And a film clip showed him playing girly-boy Jacob Black, the Quileute werewolf in Twilight.
Once again we see how Twilight and New Moon robbed Natives of a chance at fame. Up to a billion people around the world watch each Oscar ceremony. Lautner was on-screen several times. It could be the most people ever to watch a pseudo-Indian at the same time.
(If not this broadcast, then what? A Super Bowl or World Cup game with a Native player? A Rose or Macy's Parade? A previous Oscar broadcast?)
What could've been
Instead of a real Indian on stage, dressed in a tuxedo, talking to the world, we got pretty-boy Lautner. How many people who aren't Twilight fans even recognized him? How many non-Twilight fans know he's famous for playing an Indian. Zero?
With a real Indian, the writers might've written something about his heritage. He might've said something like, "I'm happy to be at the Oscars without getting shot at by John Wayne." It would've been a great reminder to everyone that Indians are alive and kicking. But as it stands, it's another missed opportunity.
For more on the subject, see Indians at the 2009 Oscars.
Below: Lautner about as he appeared in a brief film clip on the Oscar broadcast.