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February 22, 2009

Penn wins for 'Milk'


Robert De Niro probably doesn't suffer fools or give hollow complements. Again, that's why this new format is working for us, and apparently for the Oscar nominated stars, who are welling up at their introductions from prior Academy Award winners.

Win or not, they're all choking up.

And that makes for good TV (congrats on that, first-time Oscar producers Larry Mark and Bill Condon).

And speaking of that batting average: Sean Penn, our pick, just won the much-deserved trophy for best actor for "Milk." We figured that there would be the two places the Academy voters would reward "Milk," a drama about the life and murder of gay activist Harvey Milk that couldn't have proven more timely in this Prop 8 world. (Best actor and best original screenplay for Dustin Lance Black).

"You commie, homo-loving sons of guns," Penn said with a smirk.

He took the opportunity to talk about the Prop 8 proponents against gay marriage and the "signs of hate" that greeted attendees of the 81st Annual Academy Awards. He didn't specifically explain it, but if it's like every other award show, there are always some placard-wavers outside the venues damning everyone to hell for Hollywood's entertainment output, gay-friendly or otherwise.

We're thrilled with this win and for the exposure it will give to vital human rights issues.



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Dear Sean Penn,
Jesus said, "Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together let not man separate" (Matthew 19:4-6).

Marriage is defined in the Bible as one woman and one man becoming one flesh by covenant and sexual union.

The Bible also defines homosexual behavior as "dishonorable" and "contrary to nature" (Romans 1:26-27).

So, since you were born in, live in, and make ridiculous amounts of money in this “ONE NATION UNDER GOD,” I thought maybe you’d like to study up on the Word before you open your mouth on national television.

Just trying to help!




Gene, the bible is just a book. Get over it.

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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

    Watch this blog for updates, ephemera and all manner of postulating.

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  • Mmmmm, chocolate Oscar. Not every star will walk away from the 81st annual Academy Awards with a trophy, but if they hit the high-profile Governor's Ball they can have pastry chef Sherry Yard's gold-dusted candy version. Also on the menu from celeb chef Wolfgang Puck is tuna tartare in sesame miso cones, chopped Chino Farms vegetable salad with ginger soy vinaigrette, Maine lobster and caviar. Serve it up! (Getty Images)

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