British actor Jude Law is appealing to the ACADEMY OF MOTION ARTS AND SCIENCES to award Sean Penn the Best Actor OSCAR this year (04).

Law is nominated in the same category as Penn, for his performance in romantic civil war epic COLD MOUNTAIN - but he is happy to stand aside, if the MYSTIC RIVER star can pick up his first ACADEMY AWARD.

Law says, "I'm immensely proud to be in the category I'm in.

"There are actors in that category who I have been inspired by from a very, very young age - and to be amongst them is extraordinary.

"I've always loved Sean Penn's work. He's someone I've respected and looked up to and admired for years and years and years, and I think it should be his year."

11/02/2004 21:03