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  • Profile photo of Daniel BoneschanskerDaniel B.
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    #542165

    Sean Penn is currently tied for the record for the most wins in the Lead Actor category at the Oscars, with two (for Mystic River in 2003 and Milk in 2008).

    Do you think he deserved both of the Oscars he won, or do you think another one of the nominees he was up against deserved it more?

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    Profile photo of Daniel BoneschanskerDaniel B.
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    #542167

    I think Sean Penn is a great actor, but I personally think he didn’t deserve the win either years he took home the trophy.  I would have given Johnny Depp the Oscar in 2003, and Mickey Rourke in 2008. But if I had to choose just one, I would go with Mickey Rourke.

    With that in mind, I do believe Penn should have an Oscar on his mantle, but for Dead Man Walking (1995), not Mystic River or Milk.

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    Profile photo of MalickMalick
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    #542168

    How Mickey Rourke lost is just beyond me. So he’s my choice. But a really good case could also be made for Ben Kingsley, Johnny Depp and Bill Murray.

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    Profile photo of Baby ClydeBaby Clyde
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    #542169

    Sean Penn gets to keep his Oscars.

    Easily the best both years.

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    Profile photo of Mitch Bakerunsunganthem
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    #542170

    I’m gonna have to say nobody here. I really like Bill Murray. Who doesn’t, right? But I can’t honestly say his performance in LIT was better than Penn’s in MR. It was close, but not close enough. I sure do hope Murray gets an Oscar someday! As for 2008, Penn was far-and-away the Best Actor for MILK!

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    Profile photo of AnthonyAnthony
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    #542171

    At the time, I supported Sean Penn’s win for Mystic River and also felt that there was a chance he wouldn’t be back in contention again….but then as the next few years rolled on, I went back to revisit Mystic River and found it to be overwrought and it didn’t hold up for me. Frankly, I think Penn should’ve been nominated for 21 GRAMS that year.

    I voted for Bill Murray, who gave such a sweet subtle performance that was remarkably believable considering he is usually known for playing brash and more snide characters….plus, it helps that Lost in Translation holds up strongly and it is also a great opportunity to recognize him for a great performance along with it being almost like a veteran award. Ben Kingsley was also quite good that year, as was Johnny Depp.

    As for 2008, Mickey Rourke was nipping at his heels but he deserved it for MILK, which is still my favorite performance of his. The compassion in his performance was lovely and I also adored the film. 

    Going back to 1995, Sean Penn would be an extremely close second to Nicholas Cage for my vote (I haven’t seen either film in some time though) and then 2001, he was not in the same league as Tom Wilkinson.

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    Profile photo of lenny sadofskyallabout oscars
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    #542172

    I think ben Kingsley’s performance in THE HOUSE OF
    SAND AND FOG  was easily the best of that year….Penn
    was very good but not my choice.

    He most deservedly won his MILK  oscar…

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    Profile photo of Emma FrostMiss Frost
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    #542173

    Horrible winner in 2003, definitely should’ve gone to BILL MURRAY.
    Fine winner though in 2008, though my choice would’ve been MICKEY ROURKE.

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    #542174

    On the subject of Bill Murray love, I actually think he should have won for his Supporting Role in 1998 for Rushmore, but the stupid damn Academy didn’t bother to nominate him.

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    #542175

    In 2003 case I think Kingsley was underrated and Murray was overrated (even if I think he was great in LIT)

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    #542176

    I think that Penn deserved the Oscar in 2003 for Mystic River. However, he did not deserve the Oscar in 2008. Mickey Rourke should have easily won that year, IMO.

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