In the do-good category of the day, Sean Penn received a 2012 Peace Summit Award for his work in Haiti after the aftermath of its horrific earthquake in 2010.
"It's an overused phrase, I know, but I trust you know it's genuine today, I am humbled. I am trembling and I like it," Sean told the crowd, as reported by E! News. He shared the stage with the Dali Lama and former Polish President Lech Walesa. Not too shabby there, Sean!
In fact, the Untied Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees first introduced the actor for the award and mentioned he exchanged his home in Malibu for a tent. "Think of it as the Oscar for your humanitarian commitment, Sean."
Plus, Sean didn't only gratefully accept the award, he leveraged the spotlight to ask for more aid in Haiti. He added, "It would take a poet laureate to describe for you the courage and the dignity of [Haiti's] people. There are no people on earth more willing to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. But as Dr. Martin Luther King said, ['It's fine to tell a man to pull himself up by his own bootstraps but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself with his own bootstraps.'].
Way to go, Sean!