Congratulations to Sean Penn, who took home the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Harvey Milk in Milk. The awards ceremony took place last night in Los Angeles. Milk was nominated for two other awards, including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (Slumdog Millionaire won) and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight won). Backstage, Penn told the press that despite all the social relevance of Harvey Milk and the ongoing fight for LGBT rights, he saw his part in the biopic as smaller than that:
I can't personally approach my work in a way, as an actor, where I'm speculating about the bigger movements. Politics and movies, for example, come from emotion as well as nonpolitical movies. It's filmmaking and writing that I think are making this thing work. A lot of failed movies have been made of great stories, also.Milk is up for eight Academy Awards. Does Penn's win last night help build momentum for the Oscars? Or will another actor swoop in unexpectedly and take hold of the little gold man? Frankly, it's anyone's guess. Get your Oscar pools ready and start voting!