Oscar parties are reserved for Hollywood’s elite, especially when it comes to the Governor’s Ball. So why would Sean Penn, last year’s Best Actor winner, be banned from such an exclusive party?
According to E!, Penn was banned from entering the Governor’s Ball last night after getting into an argument with The Hurt Locker producer Greg Shapiro backstage during the Oscars. And the reason for the beef between the guys may have something to do with the fact that Shapiro is now dating Robin Wright Penn.
Mark Malkin reports, "Academy officials...said he was banned from the Ball.”
Penn’s rep insists a confrontation never occurred. An Academy rep then said this morning, "Sean Penn chose not to attend the Governors Ball." But we still don’t know if that was by choice or not!
We’d imagine it would be a little awkward for Sean and Greg to meet backstage. And Penn did act a little strange during his presentation of Best Actress last night.
He said during his speech, "I never became an official member of the Academy, but the Academy and I do have in common that we neglected to acknowledge the same actress in our own ways two years running. So I'm going to start fresh with the Academy and acknowledge these wonderful actresses."
He was talking of course about his ex-wife, who wasn’t nominated for her role in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. Regardless, we can’t see an A-lister getting denied at the door at an Oscar party. Most likely Penn just opted out of going so he wouldn’t have to see Shapiro again!