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By Daniel Carlson | Industry | September 4, 2008 |

SeanPenn-HarveyMilk.jpgIt’s now impossible for Sean Penn projects not to attract Oscar buzz, even if that buzz is nothing more than the ephemeral murmurs that tend to crop up this time of year surrounding the release of high-class or high-profile dramas. Penn’s been building gravitas since Mystic River and 21 Grams, and after directing last year’s critically acclaimed Into the Wild, Penn’s back in the awards-season fray with Milk.

Milk is director Gus Van Sant’s biopic about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay city supervisor of San Francisco and, per Time, “the first openly gay man elected to any substantial political office in the history of the planet.” The film opens Dec. 5 after a limited bow Nov. 26, and the trailer’s just come out. It’s a good trailer, too, full of dramatic music and mustaches and a lot of visual cues that convey the heady mix of 1970s revolution and unfortunate homophobia. For the few of you who don’t actually know what happens and can’t be bothered to Wikipedia the thing, I won’t spoil it, but it rhymes with kashmashination. Get your Oscars ready:

Sean Penn Earns Oscar Nomination Earlier Than Ever
Trailers / Daniel Carlson

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