It's become common knowledge (or at least a common perception) that Sean Penn can be kind of a jerk. It all started back when he was punching out photographers calling him Mr. Madonna, and since then he's always had a contentious relationship with his own fame. I'm not saying he isn't a damn fine actor; he's just a terrible -- and I mean terrible -- celebrity. Last night at the 82nd Academy Awards, Penn delivered the award for best actress with a cryptic speech about not being a member of the Academy and overlooked actresses. Over at NY Magazine, they think they've figured out that Penn was referencing his soon to be ex-wife, Robin Wright, for being overlooked in both Penn's acceptance speech last year, and for her work in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee this year.

Now, this isn't the first time that Penn has gone off script at the presenters' podium, with the most famous instance being back in 2005 when Penn took personal offense at some of Chris Rock's jokes on behalf of Jude Law. Sure, it made for a good Oscar clip the morning after, but I can't be the only one who thought that it was proof positive that Penn needs to lighten up a little. The man was Spicoli for god sakes, he does remember what the word comedy means, right? Granted, there was a brief shining moment when I thought that maybe Mr. Penn had finally located his sense of humor when he appeared on The Colbert Report for a Meta-Free-Phor-All. But I guess that was wishful thinking, because after Penn's performance last night, the comedy credit will have to go to Mr. Colbert.

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