|8 Nominations / 2 Wins|
|Director||Gus Van Sant|
|Writer||Dustin Lance Black|
|Starring||Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, James Franco|
|81st Academy Awards|
Milk is a 2008 American biographical film. Directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Dustin Lance Black, the film stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, James Franco, Emile Hirsch, Victor Garber, Allison Pill and Diego Luna.
- Best Actor — Sean Penn
- Best Costume Design — Danny Glicker
- Best Director — Gus Van Sant
- Best Film Editing — Elliot Graham
- Best Original Score — Danny Elfman
- Best Original Screenplay — Dustin Lance Black
- Best Picture — Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen
- Best Supporting Actor — Josh Brolin
The film charts the last eight years of Harvey Milk’s life. While living in New York City, he turns 40. Looking for more purpose, Milk and his lover Scott Smith relocate to San Francisco, where they found a small business, Castro Camera, in the heart of a working-class neighborhood that was soon to become a haven for gay people from around the country. Milk surprises Scott and himself by becoming an outspoken agent for change. He seeks equal rights and opportunities for all, and his great love for the city and its people brings him backing from young and old, straight and gay, alike. With vitalizing support from Scott and new friends and volunteers, Milk plunges headfirst into the choppy waters of politics. He also mentors young street activists like Cleve Jones. Bolstering his public profile with humor, Milk’s actions speak even louder than his gift-of-gab words. Soon, his persistent determination to be a part of city government drives him and Scott apart. Milk is elected supervisor for the newly zoned District 5. Milk serves San Francisco well while lobbying for a citywide ordinance protecting people from being fired because of their orientation – and rallying support against a proposed statewide referendum to fire gay schoolteachers and their supporters; he realizes that this fight against Proposition 6 represents a pivotal precipice for the gay rights movement. At the same time, the political agendas of Milk and those of another newly elected supervisor, Dan White, increasingly diverge and their personal destinies tragically converge. Milk’s platform was and is one of hope – a hero’s legacy that resonates in the here and now.