Sean Penn won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Harvey Milk in Milk.

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Another big Oscar winner was Sean Penn, who earned a Best Actor award for his portrayal of gay activist and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk in Milk. Though his acceptance was one of the night's most powerful speeches, Sean says it's all a blur. "I know somewhat of what I said because I was told afterward," he says. 

One thing that Sean did not mention in his speech was his family, but he says that his gratitude toward his wife, actress Robin Wright Penn, goes without saying. "[Robin's] implicit. I wanted to keep things focused on the professional team around this movie," Sean says. "Because with Robin comes my mother and my son and my daughter, and half of them will punish me if I mention them."
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FROM: Oprah's After-Oscar Party 2009
Published on February 23, 2009

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