It was a good evening for Milk at the 81st Academy Awards, but an even bigger night for gays and lesbians everywhere. Sean Penn won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the title role in Milk and addressed the Academy as "commie, homo-loving son of a guns." Penn accepted his award and addressed the anti-gay demonstrators outside the Kodak Theatre.
“For those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, and, 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.
Sean Penn and his speech are probably going to be criticized by the conservatives and anti-gay reactionaries. Not really sure why because of the five films nominated for Best Picture, only one, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, did not have an overtly political message.
Video of Penn's speech here.