Oscars in the Time of Microaggression

Sean Penn's Oscar “gaffe” and the changing politics of the left.
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Actor Sean Penn, producer/director Alejandro G. Inarritu, winner of Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Motion Picture, for 'Birdman' and producer John Lesher pose in the press room during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

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Sean Penn opened the “Best Picture” envelope, and there it was—an old friend's name. Alejandro González Iñárritu, who'd directed Penn in 2003's 21 Grams, was taking the prize for the jazzy, absorbing midlife-crisis drama Birdman.

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