"He's done the hardest thing an actor can do. He's made something new," says Penn

By People Staff
March 02, 2010 03:30 PM
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"The Messenger is one of those rare platforms for a familiar American actor to reinvent himself. Woody Harrelson conjures a heart and presence of previously untapped immensity and emotional power. He deserves a BIG nod. He’s done the hardest thing an actor can do. He’s made something new."

• Sean Penn praising Harrelson, who is nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, on the last day of Oscar voting.

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 7, and televised live on ABC beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET.