Was Sean Penn banned from Oscar party after altercation w/ Robin’s BF?

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Sean Penn made a cryptic comment during his presentation of the best actress Oscar on Sunday night. We assumed he was speaking of his estranged wife, Robin Wright Penn, when he said. “I never became an official member of the academy, but the academy and I do have in common that we neglected to acknowledge the same actress in our own ways two years running.” Penn neglected to thank his wife in his Oscar acceptance speech last year, and the two split soon afterwards. (They’ve had an on-off relationship and did reunite at least once, but have since moved forward with their divorce.) The Academy didn’t nominate Robin for The Private Lives of Pippa Lee this year, which is thought to be what Penn was referring to. (As far as I can tell, she was only in one film that came out in 2008, What Just Happened.)

Anyway after the ceremony Penn was said to have been involved in some kind of vague altercation backstage with Robin’s new boyfriend, Greg Shapiro, a producer of The Hurt Locker. Words were (allegedly) exchanged and Penn was perhaps later barred from the Govenor’s Ball post-Oscar party. A rep from the Academy denies that Penn was unwelcome at the party and Penn’s rep says he just didn’t go to that affair.

The Milk star apparently had some sort of backstage confrontation with Greg Shapiro, one of the newly minted Oscar-winning producers of The Hurt Locker. But if you think it could have had something to do with Penn’s politics and the war movie, not so fast…

Shapiro happens to be dating Penn’s former ladylove, Robin Wright.

Minutes after Penn and Shapiro came face-to-face, “Academy officials…said he was banned from the Ball,” one of my sources said.

Penn’s rep insists there was no confrontation and that the actor chose not to stop by the Ball. A rep for the Academy would only say, “Sean Penn chose not to attend the Governors Ball.” (Update: Late this morning, another rep for the Academy emailed me, insisting that Penn was never not welcome at the Ball.)

Penn eventually made his way to the Sunset Tower Hotel afterparty. “Fine,” he told E! News’ Ashlan Gorse when she asked him how his night was.

Earlier in the day, Wright and Shapiro appeared to be very much a couple—and a very happy couple at that. I actually saw them enjoying a meal at Cheebo in L.A., where they canoodled over breakfast while reading the Los Angeles Times together.

[From E! Online]

It’s hard to tell if this story is true, but since this is the same guy who just wished rectal cancer on his detractors, I don’t doubt it. He was thinking about Robin enough to say something unsanctioned at the Oscars, and I could see him getting up in her new boyfriend’s face. Maybe it was just a minor exchange that’s being blown out of proportion, though, especially in Penn’s estimation. He could have been gruff and rude to the guy, but it’s not like that’s out of character for him.

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  1. Tess says:

    Sean….Sean….Sean. Cool down. Spontaneous combustion is a risk, you know.

    Implosion, too. Either way, not good.

  2. YT says:

    With his reputation, I wondered why he was invited to present. Maybe they had to invite him to present because of his position in the industry, and darned if he didn’t accept their request.

  3. ann says:

    A total waste of the air I breath.

  4. Ursaline says:

    He had a very Jeff Spiccoli air about him at the awards. Almost like he wasn’t totally sure about what to say but was saying it anyway… And has he lost weight? He looked smaller than I had thought.

  5. bellaluna says:

    I still like Sean’s quirkiness and originality. Maybe he didn’t want to go to the Ball; maybe the other party was more his speed. I just think way too much is being made over the things he does and says lately, just my opinion. Sean is just Sean.

  6. bros says:

    YT, he was invited to present because he won best actor last year and it is tradition that the best actor returns the next year to present best actress.

  7. gg says:

    He’s always been a pipsqueak. Which is why he’s always doing his small-man explosions.

    Dried up bigheade pruneface blowhard he is.

  8. lucy2 says:

    Unfortunately they had to invite him to present because he won Best Actor last year for Milk. He is such a good actor, it’s a shame his real life persona and drama are really starting to overshadow that. Why be such a jerk all the time? Grow up and be happy with your very fortunate life!

  9. Just a Poster says:

    OT.. Robin was on Jimmy Kimmel last night and she looked beautiful. She was dressed causually and smiled easily and laughed.

    It was nice to see her like that. It has been way too long.

  10. Rosanna says:

    I found the joke to be actually cute. And I love Robin too.

  11. Lochie says:

    This guy needs an anema on a nuclear scale.

  12. expolite says:

    I like Sean penn alot he’s a brilliant actor and a humanitrian , i love everything about him and i love Robin too, they looked great together.

  13. ThunderC*nt says:

    A big schnozz with a hole for a mouth. Just like that other pig, Roman PolanSKI.

  14. passa passa says:

    Geez, everytime I see blogs this good I just want mine to be there already! :) Great work.

  15. CeeCee12 says:

    I used to find Sean appealing in that he is so wrong in everyway but so right all the same. He is an excellent actor but a lousy husband. I hope Robin is living her life on full blast.

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