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Sean Penn Wins Best Actor, Slams Prop 8, Calls Barack 'Elegant'

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In something of an upset, Sean Penn took Best Actor at tonight's Oscars, snatching victory from favorite Mickey Rourke. Penn didn't disappoint with his acceptance speech, giving left, right, and center plenty to buzz about in his acceptance speech (transcribed by DailyDose):
...For those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect, and anticipate their great shame, and the shame in their grandchildren's eyes if they continue that way of support. We've got to have equal rights for everyone.

And there are these last 2 things. I'm very, very proud to live in a country that is willing to elect an elegant man President, and a country who, for all its toughness,...creates courageous artists who despite sensitivity that sometimes has brought enormous challenges, Mickey Rourke rises again, and he is my brother.

Well, good job for slamming Prop 8, but coming from Penn, it wasn't exactly a Keyser Soze moment. Also striking a blow for gay rights was the editor of the Best Picture package, who awesomely cut from Mel Gibson in Braveheart to Penn's Harvey Milk. I salute you, sir!

As Jon Stewart might say, though, Sean, meet me at camera 3.
"Elegant?" Really? That's what you're proud of? Why not "graceful," or "well-coiffed?" And, seriously, there have got to be 18 or so better synonyms for that. Get a Roget's, for frak's sake.

Finally, doesn't it siphon off some of the gravitas when your big finish is Mickey Rourke? Maybe a smidge?

Even so, I'm proud of you, Sean.

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