Sean Penn loans Oscar statuette to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy – Nationwide

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In a grand, symbolic gesture, American actor Sean Penn introduced his Oscar statuette to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy throughout a latest assembly in Kyiv.

In a video of the assembly posted to Zelenskyy’s Instagram account on Tuesday, Penn revealed the statuette to the president and insisted he take the coveted prize.

“I really feel horrible,” stated Penn, 62. “It’s only a symbolic foolish factor, but when I do know that is right here with you then I’ll really feel higher and stronger for the combat.”

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“Once you win, deliver it again to Malibu, as a result of I’ll really feel a lot better understanding there’s a bit of me right here,” he added.

This was Penn’s third journey to Ukraine since Russia invaded the nation in February. He has been a vocal advocate for Ukraine and a staunch supporter of Zelenskyy for the reason that begin of the conflict.

In his Instagram caption, Zelenskyy known as the Oscars statuette “a logo of religion within the victory of our nation.”

Penn has two Academy Awards for Greatest Actor in a Main Position from Mystic River in 2003 and Milk in 2008.


Hollywood actor and movie director Sean Penn (R) meets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (L) as he arms over his personal Oscar statuette to the Ukrainian president in Kyiv, Ukraine on Nov. 8.


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Zelenskyy additionally introduced Penn Ukraine’s Order of Advantage. The president made certain to specify that the award just isn’t from him, however quite “from Ukraine.”

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The pair then walked by way of the streets of Kyiv the place Zelenskyy revealed a plaque within the floor bearing Penn’s title, signature and the date of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022.

The plaque is part of the Stroll of the Courageous, which Zelenskyy described as a spot the place “current and future generations of Ukrainians will bear in mind these courageous individuals who have stood with Ukraine from the very starting.”

“There are three locations on the earth that each one the delight of my life might be,” Penn stated whereas standing over the plaque. “The place the place my daughter was born, the place the place my son was born and this.”

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In March, Penn threatened to publicly “smelt” his Oscars if Zelenskyy — who was an actor himself — was not permitted to talk on the 2022 Academy Awards. Although Zelenskyy didn’t communicate on the occasion (and Penn didn’t destroy his statuettes), the Ukrainian president gave a speech at this 12 months’s Grammy Awards.

In his pre-taped deal with, Zelenskyy urged entertainers and viewers at residence to discuss the Russia-Ukraine invasion and fill the silence of conflict with music.

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