22 February 2009

Sean Penn and Lance Black take home Oscars for Milk

Perhaps, it was the because Prop 8 passed that led both Lance Black and Sean Penn to win Oscars for their work on Milk. Penn's win as Best Actor was the only real surprise upset at the 81st Annual Academy Awards, as Mickey Rourke (who's role in The Wrestler as a man seeking redemption that mirrored his real life) seemed almost destined to win.

But after Prop 8 passed, after the voters here in California said it was legally alright to violate the civil rights of a group of people, the fate of Milk and actor Sean Penn was sealed.

Still, when Penn started his speech with "You commie homo-loving sons of guns" you got to realize this what every conservative asshat out there will be saying tomorrow. He added: "For those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think it's a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect on their great shame and their shame in their grandchildren's eyes if they continue that support. We've got to have equal rights for everyone."

But first we've got to convince these folks that this has nothing to do with morality.

But maybe its Dustin Lance Black who put it best when accepting his Oscar for Best Original Screenplay:

"If Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he would want me to say to all the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told they are less than by the churches, by the government, 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."

Perhaps. Just perhaps, this is the beginning of the end for hate in California and America.

1 comment:

tornwordo said...

That was a great line from Black. I hope I get to see it before I die.