Dustin Lance Black, Sean Penn win Oscars for Milk!

Dustin Lance Black, the young openly gay writer of Milk, won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, with Sean Penn taking the trophy home for his amazing transformation into Harvey Milk.

Black's beautiful speech directly addresses gay youth. Here's what he said:

"Oh my God. This was, um. This was not an easy film to make. First off, I have to thank Cleve Jones and Anne Kronenberg and all the real-life people who shared their stories with me. And, um, Gus Van Sant, Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, James Franco, and our entire cast, my producers, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, everyone at Groundswell and Focus, for taking on the challenge of telling this life-saving story. When I was 13 years old, my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas to California and I heard the story of Harvey Milk. And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life, it gave me the hope to one day live my life openly as who I am and that maybe even I could fall in love and one day get married.

I want to thank my mom who has always loved me for who I am, even when there was pressure not to. But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he’d want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches or by the government or by their families that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights, federally, across this great nation of ours. Thank you, thank you, and thank you God for giving us Harvey Milk."

Later in the evening, Sean Penn was awarded the Best Actor prize. I can't find the full transcript of his speech, but here's the part I most wanted to post:

"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 theor 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."

What a great night! Of course, as an enthusiastic supporter of Slumdog Millionaire, I was very happy with the awards overall...

Comments

chkz's picture

Sean Penn is gay?

Sean Penn is gay? O.o

"Reality is merely an illusion, allbeit a persistent one"

jeff's picture

Umm...

No.

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"People who are happy are slugs... They do not move the human race forward."
-- Camille Paglia, on Oasis

chkz's picture

Well his speech sounds like

Well his speech sounds like it

"Reality is merely an illusion, allbeit a persistent one"

chkz's picture

OHHH. So is Black gay?

OHHH. So is Black gay? O.o

"Reality is merely an illusion, allbeit a persistent one"

jeff's picture

Yes

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"People who are happy are slugs... They do not move the human race forward."
-- Camille Paglia, on Oasis

jeff's picture

Umm...

That's called supportive/not narrow minded.

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"People who are happy are slugs... They do not move the human race forward."
-- Camille Paglia, on Oasis

chkz's picture

Nono, I got the two speeches

Nono, I got the two speeches mixed up. :p

"Reality is merely an illusion, allbeit a persistent one"

WantsOut's picture

I loved Black's speech, it

I loved Black's speech, it was really beautiful, to me anyways. I almost cried during it... Maybe I'm just weird.

I'ma Gonna Get Me One Better

-Les Claypool

jeff's picture

Err...

Can't it be beautiful AND you're weird? Why is that either/or?

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"People who are happy are slugs... They do not move the human race forward."
-- Camille Paglia, on Oasis

Icarus's picture

i teared up a little during

i teared up a little during dustin's speech just then, and i DEFINITELY got a little teary when sean gave his speech.

only, why didn't he thank robin? i kept waiting for it and it never happened.

so for those of you falling in love
keep it kind, keep it good, keep it right
throw yourself in the midst of danger
and keep one eye open at night.
--"Elephants" Rachel Yamagata

Nanook's picture

He's handsome. I wasn't

He's handsome.
I wasn't watching the Oscar's actively - I was in fact, two rooms away. But I heard the words "gay" and "milk", and I immediately ran to watch that on TV.

ShowMeLove's picture

I didn't watch the Oscars, I

I didn't watch the Oscars, I never do. But I'm happy to see that they won the awards. I have yet to watch the movie but I've only heard good things about it. I hope the library here gets it on DVD.

And his speech was wonderful and heartfelt. :)

Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things. Some shall be pardoned, some punished. Never was a story of more regret than this of Juliet and her fair Juliet.

Leisa's picture

Black is a graduate of UCLA,

Black is a graduate of UCLA, yay!