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8,580 Ratings


Directed by Gus Van Sant
United States, 2008
Biography, Drama, LGBT+


Sean Penn won an Oscar for his portrayal of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, who was murdered by a fellow city supervisor in 1978. This biopic charts the last 8 years of the political activist’s life, after he moves to Castro in San Francisco.

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Milk Directed by Gus Van Sant

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2009 | 2 wins including: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

2009 | 6 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

Independent Spirit Awards

2009 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Male

2009 | 2 nominations including: Best Male Lead

Village Voice Film Poll

2008 | Winner: Best Actor

2008 | 3rd place: Best Supporting Actor

2008 | Nominee: Best Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2008 | 2 nominations including: Best Lead Performance

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