Milk is a 2008 film, that was directed by Gus Van Sant and stars Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, James Franco, and Josh Brolin.Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to ban gays and their supporters from public school jobs.Milk was nominated for countless awards, and won 2 Oscars for original screenplay and lead actor, Penn's second win. It was also nominated for picture, director, and supporting actor (Brolin).Not to be confused with the drink, nor with the film Milk Money.
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