Sean Penn presents the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, his Oscar award as a ‘symbolic’ gesture
The actor had previously promised to ‘smelt’ his Oscar if the Academy didn't invite Volodymyr to appear at the 2022 Oscars
American actor Sean Penn recently gifted one of his Best Actor Oscars to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The 62-year-old actor, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2004 and 2009 for the films, Mystic River and Milk respectively, presented one of the awards to Volodymyr in the capital city of Kyiv as a ‘symbolic’ gesture to the politician and the people in Ukraine, stated sources.
In a video shared on the president's Telegram channel, Sean said while presenting the award, “It's just a symbolic silly thing, but if I know this is here then I'll feel better and strong enough for the fights. When you win, bring it back to Malibu, because I'll feel much better knowing there's a piece of me here.”
Reports added that the trophy will remain in the country until the end of the ongoing war with Russia. In return, the actor was honoured with Ukraine's Order of Merit. “It's not from me, it's from Ukraine,” Volodymyr said in the video. Sean responded saying, “There are three places in the world that all the pride of my life will be. The place where my daughter was born, the place where my son was born, and this.”
The actor had previously promised to ‘smelt’ his Oscar if the Academy didn't invite Volodymyr to appear at the 2022 Oscars event, even though doing so would have violated a rule prohibiting award winners from selling or disposing of the physical prize.
“There is nothing greater that the Academy Awards could do than to give him that opportunity to talk to all of us. This is a man who understands movies and had his own very long and successful career in that. It is my understanding that a decision has been made not to do it. That is not me commenting on whether or not President Zelensky had wanted to,” Sean said.