Sean Penn Trumps "Brother" Rourke For Best Actor

Sean Penn Trumps

Sean Penn ended Mickey Rourke's Cinderella-in-wrestling-tights story by taking the Oscar for Best Actor.

Even Penn seemed surprised with the win for his role as gay political activist Harvey Milk in Milk. He jokingly called the people who voted for him "commie, homo-loving sons-of-guns."

But Penn managed to scribble down some thoughts on a crumpled piece of paper. He retrieved it from his jacket pocket and read them off as a tearful Robin Wright Penn looked on from the front row.

Despite some seemingly tense moments leading up to the Oscars, Penn took pains to point out and praise his fellow nominee Rourke. "Mickey Rourke rises again, and he is my brother."

In the backstage pressroom, Penn snagged a congratulatory kiss from Kate Winslet and then took questions from the press. When asked about Mickey Rourke he talked about his "close friendship" to the actor.

In reference to the anti-gay protesters outside the theater Penn said: "I'd tell them to turn in the hate card and find their better self."

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  • SCRUFFY
    SCRUFFY

    PENN SHOULD TALK ABOUT THE HATE CARD???? WHY DOESN'T HE TURN IN HIS HATE CARD FOR HIS OWN COUNTRY! WHEN IS THIS PHUCKWAD MOVING TO CUBA. WE COULD GIVE HIM A KICK TO START HIS MOVE.

  • paulmurray24
    paulmurray24

    Sean Penn clearly deserved that Oscar! He completely embodied Harvey Milk and turned in stunning performance. I also think Micky Rourke was good, but I just don't think his character was very different from who he really is. Mickey needs to get a few more good films under his belt, one good "come back" story does not deserve the Academy Award.

  • Lynn
    Lynn

    The Oscars are always tainted by bias, connections, and sheer stupidity. (Think of John Wayne winning for "True Grit" instead of a number of other performances.) But I don't think Penn's win was about gay politics, any more than Rourke winning at the other prestigious award ceremonies was a sympathy vote for his comeback. I have my beefs with Oscar choices every year. We have to remember that it is a business. And then we can just look forward to seeing more of Mickey in films to come. That is an exciting prospect.

  • Kent Ponder
    Kent Ponder

    With three daughters and a granddaughter as actors, and with a doctorate in linguistics/psychology, I'm a careful student of the skillset of acting. This was a tough call tonight, but I think that Rourke clearly did the more impressive, even spectacular, job. At least he is the one I would have voted for.

  • Kelly
    Kelly

    Sean or Mickey, good to see one of them win the prize. Slum Dog what? How about an American film like the wrestler.

  • walter
    walter

    mickey rourke was robbed tonight, i hope the oscars are ashamed of themselves. Not all people are prejudice ***holes who hate homosexuals, this show should be about delivering the best award to the best actor but it isnt anymore. i suppose its about sending a message that we are all haters and that with sean penn winning this award, we too can learn that gay people are okay. this is bullsh*t.

  • dana
    dana

    Sean Penn is a great actor. But Mickey Rourke clearly had the best performance. This was a political win. This is why the Oscars are losing their audience. It needs to be about the performance, not about a political movement. We the people and actors wanted Mickey, just like we spoke out for Obama. Just letting you know. What a bummer for Rourke and his fans.

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