Sean Penn is an extremely talented actor, there’s no doubt about it. He’s not the most likable person  but we can’t deny his work. Therefore, the two-time Academy Award winning actor has been chosen to receive the “Hollywood Humanitarian Award for his incredible selfless and dedicated humanitarian efforts in saving lives, as well as bringing relief to the human suffering in Haiti.” We bet Wyclef Jean is really pissed right about now…

The Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards announced the big news on Thursday via Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival.

“It is an honor to recognize the inspiring humanitarian efforts that Sean Penn and his J/P Haitian Relief Organization have been providing to the great people of Haiti,” said Mr. de Abreu.”

Apparently, Penn’s humanitarian efforts go beyond his work in Haiti, he also stepped up to the plate for the U.S. during the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans. He’s used his money and fame to bring awareness to serious issues plaguing those who can’t help themselves.

As a journalist, Penn has written for Time, Interview, Rolling Stone and The Nation magazines. In 2004, he wrote a two-part feature in The San Francisco Chronicle after a second visit to the war-torn Iraq. In 2005, he wrote a five-part feature in the same paper reporting from Iran during the election which led to the Ahmadinejad regime.

Penn’s landmark interviews with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and Cuba’s President Raul Castro, were published in The Nation and The Huffington Post. Penn’s interview with President Castro was the first-ever interview with an international journalist.

He’s done just about everything. He may irritate the hell out of us sometimes, but his heart’s in the right place. Congrats Sean!

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Additional source: PR Web