Monday, February 23, 2009

Golden 'Milk'

Sean Penn pulled off a big win at Sunday evening's Oscar ceremony, taking home the Best Actor statue for his moving portrayal of slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk in Gus Van Sant's film about one of America's pioneers in the struggle for full equality.

During his acceptance speech, Penn criticized California's Proposition 8, and those who supported rolling back marriage equality at the polls. "I think it's a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to reflect – to sit and reflect – and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren's eyes if they continue that way in their support," Penn said. "We have to have equal rights for everyone."

Milk also took home the Oscar for best original screenplay. And our friends at Queerty have full coverage of the film's awards - and acceptance speeches - online here.

For more information on the film, visit the official website of Milk online.

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