Milk is an American 2008 biographical film directed by Gus Van Sant. It is based on the life of the late American politician Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist and the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The film received a limited release on November 26, 2008, the day before the 30th anniversary of the Moscone–Milk assassinations.
Milk has received many awards, as has its leading actor, Sean Penn, an Academy Award win, a Golden Globe nomination, one Screen Actors Guild Award plus two other nominations, and four BAFTA award nominations including Best Film. The film received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, winning two for Best Original Screenplay for Dustin Lance Black and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Sean Penn.