Oscar Speeches: Fonda, Jane–They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

Before Jane Fonda won her first Best Actress Oscar, at her second nomination, for “Klute” in 1971, she used to say: “I don’t care about the Oscars. I make movies to support the causes I believe in, not for any honors.”

However, people close to her believed Fonda was extremely disappointed to have lost the award for “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” In 1969. Indeed, despite her radical politics, she accepted the New York Film Critics Circle Award for “They Shoot Horses appreciatively, as she said: “It’s the biggest accolade I’ve ever been given. One tries to be blasé about things, but now that it’s happened, it’s very nice.”