"Birdman" producer James W. Skotchdopole (L-R), Best Picture presenter Sean Penn, Director Alejandro Inarritu and producer John Lesher pose with the Oscars for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)
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Sean Penn's remark about Mexican-born Oscar-winner Alejandro Inarritu's immigration status at the end of Sunday's Academy Awards telecast struck many as an insult, but the director says it was nothing more than a brutal joke between old friends.Inarritu directed Penn in his 2003 film "21 Grams" and the pair remain friends. Penn posed for pictures with Inarritu after the ceremony.The director, who won three Oscars Sunday night, said he has told many similarly brutal jokes at Penn's expense. It took some of the sting out of Penn's words, but Inarritu also used the opportunity of having some of the last words in the Oscar telecast to celebrate immigrants.
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