Sean Penn: Tests Positive for COVID-19

Sean Penn Tests COVID-19, Says Paul Thomas Anderson at DGA Awards

“Like a World War I veteran coming home, slipping on a step,” the ‘Licorice Pizza’ filmmaker said in a nod to Penn’s dogged work amid the pandemic through nonprofit CORE.


Sean Penn has tested positive for COVID-19, Paul Thomas Anderson announced from the stage during Saturday night’s DGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton.

Anderson was explaining why Penn was a no-show at the ceremony as he was confirmed to present the Licorice Pizza filmmaker with a special medallion honoring his nomination for best feature film.

The category also featured Steven Spielberg (West Side Story), Kenneth Branagh (Belfast), Denis Villeneuve (Dune) and Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), the latter of whom would soon take the top prize


“Sean tested positive for COVID, which is kind of crazy considering what he’s done for all of us,” Anderson said of Penn who has a supporting role in his film. “Like a World War I veteran coming home, slipping on a step. So, it’s a drag not to have him here. It’s a pleasure to work with him and all the actors. It’s the best part of this job that we all have.”