Million Dollar Baby Triumphs At The Oscars

28th February 2005

Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby beat favourite The Aviator to the Best Picture Oscar at this year’s Oscars.


Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby beat favourite The Aviator to the Best Picture Oscar at this year’s Oscars. Although the race was neck and neck this year (unlike the inevitable multi-Oscar sweep of The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King last year), many critics gave The Aviator the edge, as Martin Scorsese had never won an Oscar before. Nevertheless Eastwood also succeeded in the Best Director category, winning his second Oscar (he previously won for his direction of Unforgiven).

To nobody’s surprise Jamie Foxx won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of jazz singer Ray Charles in Ray. The hotly-contested Best Actress Oscar was given to Hilary Swank for her role as a female boxer in Million Dollar Baby (both Annette Bening for Being Julia and Imelda Staunton for Vera Drake had been strongly-tipped, although Swank was narrowly the favourite). This was Swank’s second Oscar, having won previously for her role in the harrowing Boys Don’t Cry. She also gave the most media-friendly cliché in her acceptance speech, stating: "I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream."

Morgan Freeman and Cate Blanchett won the Best Supporting Actor/Actress awards for Million Dollar Baby and The Aviator respectively, both winning for the first time.

Other major winners included Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (Best Original Screenplay), Sideways (Best Adapted Screenplay) and The Sea Inside (Best Foreign Language Film).

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