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Oscar Mystery Answered: Sean Penn’s Actress Was Robin Wright

Oscar Mystery Answered: Sean Penn's Actress Was Robin Wright

Thompson on Hollywood

I finally got hold of Sean Penn’s publicist Mara Buxbaum to explain which overlooked actress he was referring to before he presented the best actress Oscar to Sandra Bullock Sunday night. “I never became an official member of the Academy,” he said that night, “but the Academy and I do have in common that we neglected to acknowledge the same actress in our own ways two years running. So, I’m going to start fresh with the Academy and acknowledge these wonderful actresses.”

Here’s the answer:

It would be a reasonable assumption to say he was referring to Robin Wright since he didn’t thank her last year in his acceptance speech, and the Academy failed to nominate her this year for The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.

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It makes a lot of sense because he said “in our own ways” so he’s probably talking about the speech and she being snubbed this year.

Jason Reynolds

Danielle, I was wondering the same thing. The problem, however, is that both movies (State of Play and Pippa Lee) were released after last year’s Oscars, making them only eligible for this year’s awards.

Looking over her IMDB page, I’m not sure what exactly Penn was referring to. I’m assuming “two years running” has to mean two years in a row, right? If not, it really could be Pippa Lee and anything else. Because the only movie she released that would have been eligible for last year’s Academy Awards was What Just Happened. So I’m confused…

Danielle Masursky

What do you think he was referring to when he said “2 years running” – Pippa Lee this year, but what about last year? I’m thinking State of Play.


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