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Top 10 People who Rejected Prestigious Awards and Honours

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    1Marlon Brando - Academy Awards (Oscar for Best Actor in 1973)
    The reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today (1973) by the film industry.
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  • 2George C. Scott - Academy Award (1971)
  • 3David Bowie - British Knighthood
    Bowie: "I would never have any intention of accepting anything like that. It's not what I spent my life working for."
  • 4George Bernard Shaw - Nobel Prize in Literature and Knighthood
    He wanted to refuse the Nobel prize because he didn't sought public recognition, but his wife convinced him to accept it. Aside from the Oscar he got for Pygmalion, he refused all other awards and honours, including the one for knighthood.
  • 5Jean-Paul Sartre - Nobel Prize in Literature (1964)
    Sartre: (a writer who adopts political, social, or literary positions must act only with the means that are his own %u2013 that is, the written word), and (all the honours he may receive expose his readers to a pressure I do not consider desirable.)
  • 6Bob Dylan - Nobel Prize in Literature (1964)
    He did accept the prize in the end, but it took some months.
    Correction: 2016
  • 7John Lennon - M.B.E. (British Honour - 1969)
  • 8Julie Andrews - Tony Award Nomination (1996)
  • 9John Cleese - Knighthood
  • 10The Sex Pistols - The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame (2006)
  • 11The USA Men's Basketball Team - Olympic Silver (1972)
  • 12Sinead O'Connor - Grammy Awards (1991)
    Her absence was a protest against the extreme commercialism of the Grammy Awards
  • 13Justice JS Verma (his family) - Padma Bhushan Award (India)
  • 14Le Duc Tho - Nobel Peace Prize (1973)

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