I thought Rourke had that one IN THE BAG. We were both anticipating his speech. I mean, I'm sure Penn was great in Milk (he's a fine actor, but we haven't seen it yet) but COME ON. Is it the result of a Prop 8 backlash vote, or is he really that much better?
I think it's just that Mickey Rourke has burned a lot of bridges in Hollywood. Good or not, dramatic comeback or not, he just used to be an ass to a lot of people. Which is why he turned to the simplicity of boxing.
I'm sure Penn was great in Milk (he's a fine actor, but we haven't seen it yet) but COME ON. Is it the result of a Prop 8 backlash vote, or is he really that much better?
You've got to see the film. It was an amazing performance. I haven't seen the Wrestler, but I can't really imagine a better demonstration of what acting is than what Penn did in portraying Harvey Milk, with every gesture, tone, thought..he fully inhabited the character and gave him tenderness and realism. He deserved that prize.
I don't really get Sean Penn either. His performance was good, maybe great, but the thing that struck me about the movie was the story, not the individual performance. Rourke's performance WAS the movie. Same with Langella. I actually hoped Langella would win, but I would've been happy with Rourke too. Penn's win isn't a travesty or anything, just not my choice.
I'm really glad that Cruz won best supporting actress though, she was really the only good thing about that movie and she was great.
I missed it all. My cable co. totally munged the channel. I called and their message said there was a problem. Sheesh. Then, before I could at least watch the news, the power went out(lots of wet, heavy snow). It just came back.