For some, Sean Penn’s ‘green card’ moment served as confirmation of #OscarsSoWhite

February 23, 2015 8:45 AM

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Leave it to Sean Penn, with one joke, to underscore the problem the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences had been trying desperately to disprove all evening — the one summed up in a hashtag created by social media consultant April Reign: #OscarsSoWhite.

In this instance, it was #OscarsSoWhite Penn couldn’t present the Academy Award for Best Picture to “Birdman” director Alejandro González Iñárritu without first uttering, “Who gave this sonofabitch a green card?” Penn opened the envelope, asked the question, and then proceeded to announce Iñárritu a...

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