Penn: Woody deserves Oscar win
Sean Penn is backing Woody Harrelson to win the best actor Oscar this year.
The two-time Academy Award-winner told People.com he believes Woody is owed a "big nod" for his performance in The Messenger.
He said: "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."
Woody was nominated for an Emmy five times for his role as barman Woody Boyd in Cheers, and once for playing the same character in Frasier, but only won on one occasion in 1989.
The 48-year-old was Oscar nominated for The People vs Larry Flynt in 1996.
Sean, 49, didn't win an Academy Award until his fourth nomination, with Mystic River in 2003.
He scooped another statuette last year for his portrayal of gay politician Harvey Milk in Milk, a surprise steal from favourite Mickey Rourke.