At this year’s Oscars ceremony, Sean Penn (Milk, Mystic River) was asked to present the best picture award. Beofre announcing the winner – Birdman – he made a joke about Birdman director, Mexican-born Alejandro Iñárritu, who was nominated for the award. “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?” Penn joked. Iñárritu won.
Although Iñárritu said he thought Penn’s joke was “hilarious” — Iñárritu directed Penn in the 2003 film 21 Grams — some found the joke tasteless. Penn said he won’t apologize. His joke was intentional. Penn said: “There’s a little inside humor with he and I where I know, and wanted to know, that he would be the first person in that room to know that his film won.”