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Sean Penn's best actor award: a real high point

It might not have been enough to redeem what came before for some viewers, but Sean Penn's award as best actor brought a moment of real emotion to the Oscars telecast last night.

He won for his portrayal of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, and he used the platform to speak out for equality.

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Penn started his remarks with humor, addressing the Hollywood audience as "Commie, homo loving sons of guns."

But by the end of his speech, he was castigating those who oppose gay marriage and telling them they will bring "shame" on their children and grandchildren.

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"We've got to have equal rights for everyone," he said.

He concluded his remarks by saying he was "proud" to live in a country that elected an "elegant man" as president -- and one that "creates courageous artists" like Mickey Rourke, a fellow nominee.

This is the speech that conservative media voices are going to be railing against tomorrow. Bet on it.

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