“Slumdog Millionaire,” with seven wins, dominated the Oscar ceremony… predictably.Â
But “Milk,” the bio of slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk, walked away with two biggies tonight: best actor for Sean Penn (besting Mickey Rourke … I told you so) and best original screenplay (ditto). Penelope Cruz also won for supporting actress as a bisexual woman in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” Kate Winslet, in bisexual director Stephen Daldry’s “The Reader,” beat Meryl Streep in “Doubt” for best actress. And the late Heath Ledger got a standing ovation when he won for “The Dark Knight.”Â
Both Penn and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black gave impassioned, lump-in-the-throat-inducing speeches that included pleas for gay marriage equality.