Since most of you think you're too smart to watch the Academy Awards, do let us cram them down your throat this morning. Especially since San Francisco got a major tip of the hat at last night's "excellence in cinema" awards orgy.

Here were have Penn's acceptance speech for Best Actor in Milk. And, really, it's kind of cool. In addition to making a plea for gay rights, the local thespian gives a brilliant shout out to the "signs of hatred" taht attendees saw as their Prius and SUV Hybrids approached the Kodak Theater.

Thank you. Thank you. You commie, homo-loving sons-of-guns. I did not expect this, but I, and I want it to be very clear, that I do know how hard I make it to appreciate me often. But I am touched by the appreciation and I hoped for it enough that I did want to scribble down, so I had the names in case you were commie, homo-loving sons-of-guns, and so I want to thank my best friend, Sata Matsuzawa. My circle of long-time support, Mara, Brian, Barry and Bob. The great Cleve Jones. Our wonderful writer, Lance Black. Producers Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks.

And particularly, as all, as actors know, our director either has the patience, talent and restraint to grant us a voice or they don't, and it goes from the beginning of the meeting, through the cutting room. And there is no finer hands to be in than Gus Van Sant. And finally, for those, two last finallies, for those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren's eyes if they continue that way of support.