Oscar profile: Milk

The real life story of gay activist Harvey Milk, who in 1977 became the first openly homosexual American politician to be elected to public office. Van Sant's film based on a Dustin Lance Black script opens with Milk sitting down with a tape recorder, pondering a possible attack on his life, and ends with the nightmare realized. Milk was assassinated by fellow San Francisco city supervisor Dan White in 1978, giving us the famed ``Twinkie defence'' and galvanizing the gay community in its continuing struggle for equal rights before the law.

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