After Sean Penn’s Best Actor acceptance speech at Sunday night’s Academy Awards, a lot of people were wondering who Sato Masuzawa was, i.e. the person Sean called his “best friend” and thanked first. Especially after he didn’t thank his wife, Robin Wright Penn, whom he attended the awards show with, an omission he later explained as intentional.
As it turns out, Sato Masuzawa is Sean Penn’s assistant. She has worked for him since 1998, according to IMDb. I suppose that, in a town where many people are married to their careers, giving a shout-out to your assistant rather than your wife makes perfect sense. But if I were Robin Wright Penn, I would be filing for a divorce again right about now.
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