Sean Penn wins best actor Oscar for playing gay activist

February 23rd, 2009 - 12:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Sean PennLos Angeles, Feb 23 (IANS) American actor Sean Penn won the best actor Oscar for his performance in “Milk”, about late American politician Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist.
“I did not expect this, but I am touched by this appreciation. I want to thank our wonderful writer, producers and particularly, the director,” Penn said after receiving the award here Sunday.

Penn, who had first received the Academy award in 2003 for “Mystic River”, also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance in a leading role for “Milk” this year.

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