Best actor: Penn's 'Milk' vs. Rourke'...

Best actor: Penn's 'Milk' vs. Rourke's 'Wrestler'

There are 16 comments on the Newsday story from Feb 20, 2009, titled Best actor: Penn's 'Milk' vs. Rourke's 'Wrestler'. In it, Newsday reports that:

There's almost nothing Oscar likes better than a comeback. But there are comebacks, and then there are comebacks.

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East2West

San Diego, CA

#1 Feb 23, 2009
Sean Penn was Great in Milk. Don't get me wrong, I'm a Huge fan of Rourke and it's great to see him back, but what Penn accomplished in Milk really transcends acting. I had no idea about the history of Prop 6 (not 8) & the attempt to ban suspected gay teachers from school and the workplace in general. I guess the people who were asking 'what have gay people really had to go through' got an answer in Milk. Penn had the courage and talent to help tell it...
Terry

Netherlands

#2 Feb 23, 2009
East2West wrote:
Sean Penn was Great in Milk. Don't get me wrong, I'm a Huge fan of Rourke and it's great to see him back, but what Penn accomplished in Milk really transcends acting. I had no idea about the history of Prop 6 (not 8) & the attempt to ban suspected gay teachers from school and the workplace in general. I guess the people who were asking 'what have gay people really had to go through' got an answer in Milk. Penn had the courage and talent to help tell it...
Yes, well done to Sean
Commie Penn

Suffern, NY

#3 Feb 23, 2009
Sean Penn should be thrown in jail for treason along withDanny Glover,Martin Sheen and all the others who hate this country.Msy they rot in hell.

“You have a right to....”

Since: Dec 07

protect yourself from Liberals

#4 Feb 23, 2009
their both a couple of dirtbags; Penn was arrested for a punching photographer, like who would want to take his picture anyway ? Mickey Roarke married a hot girl, Carrie Otis back in the 90's and used her as a punching bag

“You have a right to....”

Since: Dec 07

protect yourself from Liberals

#5 Feb 23, 2009
Commie Penn wrote:
Sean Penn should be thrown in jail for treason along withDanny Glover,Martin Sheen and all the others who hate this country.Msy they rot in hell.
Bingo
marty

Hackensack, NJ

#6 Feb 23, 2009
This was not about who was best actor, as the writer of this article basically admits, with his California civics lesson. Penn hit it right on when he thanked the "homo lovin, commies" of Hollywood for his award.
Uh oh

West Nyack, NY

#7 Feb 23, 2009
It was Rourke's but that gave it to that bottomfeeder Penn to send a message to middle America. In the end it was all about the man on man loving that gives Hollywood a woody not some straight guy who watches strippers do their thing.
Just Saying

Laurel, MD

#8 Feb 23, 2009
I had to change the channel when he started his acceptance speech, because his remarks sickened me, as did the cheering from the rest of the clueless Hollywood elite.

It seems that to win an Academy Award these days, you have to be either a foreigner, or just plain anti-American.

Just look at the Awards for the past couple of years.
NYStateOfMind

Ridgewood, NY

#9 Feb 23, 2009
This was one of the more difficult Academy Awards the choose the Best Actor in a Lead Role...

To start, I thought Frank Langella should have won for Frost/Nixon. His performance was, in my view, far more compelling than both Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke...

That said, I felt Mickey Rourke's performance was more reaching. Sean Penn's method acting take on Harvey Milk was solid, if not great. I felt this his acting was based on a real life story where the script was basically written for him...

Mickey Rourke's performance in my view was more reaching and more realistic. Maybe stories that have a grittier view of that side of life are more compelling to me...

All that being said, I have no issue with Sean Penn receiving the Oscar for Best Actor in a Lead Role...
swen rettel

United States

#10 Feb 23, 2009
East2West wrote:
Sean Penn was Great in Milk. Don't get me wrong, I'm a Huge fan of Rourke and it's great to see him back, but what Penn accomplished in Milk really transcends acting. I had no idea about the history of Prop 6 (not 8) & the attempt to ban suspected gay teachers from school and the workplace in general. I guess the people who were asking 'what have gay people really had to go through' got an answer in Milk. Penn had the courage and talent to help tell it...
Amazing someone actually saw the movie.I saw a clip were he kissed his boyfreind, worst hollywood kiss i ever saw. they shouldnt of even bothered. they kissed each other on the corners of the lips. most hollywood kisses show them swallowing each others tongues.And dont try and say they where just being freindly. sean just didnt have it in him, in other clips i saw he was overacting the gay part. I know a few gays and you couldnt tell them from a straight guy.The movie nobody saw and got best actor. ridiculouse. He did better in other movies were he could have won best actor. Sure the gays probably liked the movie because it gave them some recognition but it was not that god of a movie. By the way i was one of the 1.5 million people in the world who saw the movie
swen rettel

United States

#11 Feb 23, 2009
Missprint. i was not one of the 1.5 million people who saw the movie
kjb

Chicago, IL

#12 Feb 23, 2009
Swen,

You make the same grammatical error many people make: It's "shoudn't HAVE bothered", not "shouldn't OF bothered". What is it with education here in the midwest?

I mean, seriously, I was taught that lesson in the second grade and, guess what, I still remember it!
swen rettel

United States

#13 Feb 24, 2009
kjb wrote:
Swen,
You make the same grammatical error many people make: It's "shoudn't HAVE bothered", not "shouldn't OF bothered". What is it with education here in the midwest?
I mean, seriously, I was taught that lesson in the second grade and, guess what, I still remember it!
How long have you been out of 2nd grade.The second grade for me brings memories of Tojo And Hitler.I am what young people call an old fart. i have been out of school a long time and english and grammer were my worst subjects, also spelling as you can probably see.When i write about an important subject i have my daughters children proof read what i write.I do not consider the forum comments important and thank you for the information although it went in one ear and out the other. my english teacher who has probably passed on to high school heaven would not be happy reading my stuff. I am happy to see someone besides my kids got a good education. Have a nice day

Since: Feb 09

Orlando, FL

#14 Feb 24, 2009
Of the choices for best actor I saw three of the movies. The Wrestler, Milk and Frost vs Nixon. Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler, was by far the best performance, and I would say that even Frank Langella's portrayal of Nixon was much better than Sean Penn's Harvey Milk. I am a fan of Penn's, but in Milk he reminded me more of a slightly retarded person than a homosexual. The Academy has always been bias towards political & homosexual films. And I also believe they are possibly trying to punish Rourke for his years away from Hollywood, and even though he is not black listed anymore, I think they still hold a partial grudge. I am really dissapointed in the dishonesty of the Academy.
Angela wang

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Feb 26, 2009
I can't agree more!! I saw a retard in Milk, especially when he was giving speeches... the acting was sub par...
Alba72 wrote:
Of the choices for best actor I saw three of the movies. The Wrestler, Milk and Frost vs Nixon. Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler, was by far the best performance, and I would say that even Frank Langella's portrayal of Nixon was much better than Sean Penn's Harvey Milk. I am a fan of Penn's, but in Milk he reminded me more of a slightly retarded person than a homosexual. The Academy has always been bias towards political & homosexual films. And I also believe they are possibly trying to punish Rourke for his years away from Hollywood, and even though he is not black listed anymore, I think they still hold a partial grudge. I am really dissapointed in the dishonesty of the Academy.
Johne

Oviedo, FL

#16 Mar 11, 2009
Is Topix a uh... you know, inbreeder site? What with all of the ignorant hate-speech that has absolutely nothing to do with the topic itself.

Sigh, I guess one can't get away from morons *anywhere*.

In relation to the topic... I didn't see Frost/Nixon, but I watched The Wrestler and Milk back to back. I'm torn between the two -- I thought they both did very different and very excellent jobs.

I also think the Academy has been a joke for a pretty long time, and so it doesn't really matter.

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