The selection of Sean Penn over Mickey Rourke for Best Actor on Sunday was an embarrassment. I don't expect the Oscars to reward true merit in Best Screenplay or Best Director, but when it comes to mainstream acting, they should at least be able to recognize the difference between mimicry and true talent.
Now I like Sean Penn as much as the next guy (well, maybe not if the 'next guy' is RFC's Sean), but flaming it up and playing the role of martyr was not nearly the performance of Rourke, who actually had to create a character out of a script and (maybe) his own experience. I'm glad I didn't watch the show Sunday, because the only thing I would have liked to see (well, aside from a Herzog win) was Rourke's acceptance speech. I'm not sure why the Penn pick wasn't more controversial, but the folks in LA did a fine job of conspiring to rob the outsider and reward a guy who, for all his rebel posing, is about as much a company man as there is in that town.