Sean Penn lends Oscar statuette to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy – National

In a big, symbolic gesture, American actor Sean Penn presented his Oscar statuette to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at a recent meeting in Kyiv.

In a video of the meeting posted on Zelenskyy’s Instagram account on Tuesday, Penn unveiled the statue to the president and insisted he accept the coveted award.

“I feel terrible,” said Penn, 62. “It’s just symbolically silly, but knowing it’s here with you makes me feel better and stronger for the fight.”

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“When you win, bring it back to Malibu, because I’ll feel a lot better knowing it’s a part of me here,” he added.

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It was Penn’s third trip to Ukraine since Russia invaded the country in February. He has been a strong advocate for Ukraine and a loyal supporter of Zelensky since the beginning of the war.

In his Instagram caption, Zelenskyy called the Oscar statue “a symbol of faith in the victory of our country.”

Penn won two Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role from Mystic River in 2003 Milk in 2008.

Hollywood actor and film director Sean Penn (R) meets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as he presents the Ukrainian president with his own Oscar statuette in Kyiv, Ukraine, November. 8.

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Zelenskyy also presented Penn Ukraine’s Order of Merit. The president was careful to specify that the award is not from him, but “from Ukraine.”

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The couple then walked the streets of Kyiv where Zelenskyy unveiled a plaque in the ground bearing Penn’s name, signature and the date of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, February. 24, 2022.

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The album is part of the Walk of the Brave, which Zelenskyy described as a place where “current and future generations of Ukrainians will remember these brave people who have stood by Ukraine since its inception.”

“There are three places in the world that will be the pride of my life,” Penn said while standing over the plaque. “The place where my daughter was born, the place where my son was born and this.”

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In March, Penn publicly threatened to “melt” the Oscars if Zelenskyy – himself an actor – was not allowed to speak at the 2022 Academy Awards. Although Zelenskyy did not speak at the event (and Penn did not destroy his statues), the Ukrainian president did give a speech at the Grammys this year.

In his pre-recorded address, Zelenskyy urged entertainers and viewers at home to talk about the invasion of Russia and Ukraine and fill the silence of war with music.

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