Actor presents Selenskyj with an Oscar
During a visit to Ukraine, Hollywood star Sean Penn symbolically presented President Volodymyr Zelenskyj with one of his Oscars.
Hollywood star Sean Penn (62) gave one of his Oscars to President Volodymyr Zelenskyj (44) during a visit to Ukraine. The ‘Milk’ actor’s golden boy is said to remain in Kyiv until the end of the war and to be a “symbol of faith” in the country’s victory in the ongoing conflict with Russia, reports “The Independent”.
The statue is one of two trophies Penn won for Best Actor in 2004’s Mystic River and 2009’s Milk. Ahead of this year’s Oscars in March, the actor had pushed for Zelenskyj to be invited to speak and otherwise called for a boycott. He himself would “melt down” his two Oscar statues in protest, Penn said. Now one of them is going directly to Kyiv instead.
Sean Penn has been involved in Ukraine since the beginning of the war
With the symbolic Oscar presentation, the 62-year-old is by no means the first time to support Ukraine. He had previously visited the capital and pledged his support. Penn was in Kyiv when the war broke out, filming a documentary about the Ukrainian president. He stayed to get an idea and the Capturing events on film. “Thanks to his film, the whole world will soon be able to see the truth about the war,” the Ukrainian newspaper Kyiv Independent quoted President Zelenky as saying.
Penn is also a co-founder of CORE response, an organization helping crisis-affected communities, including Ukrainians affected by the Russian war. Russia put him and 24 other US citizens on a blacklist of people not allowed to enter the country in September 2022, according to media reports.