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Monday 28th February, 2005
Million Dollar Baby knocked 'em dead at the 77th Annual Academy Awards...
The hard-hitting drama reeled in four golden guys Sunday night, nabbing Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actress for Hilary Swank, Best Supporting Actor for Morgan Freeman and Best Director for Clint Eastwood.

Eastwood's dual win for producer and director marks the second time he has pulled off the feat--he was also a double winner in 1992 for Unforgiven.

The 74-year-old Eastwood, the oldest Best Director winner ever, noted that his mother had been with him 13 years ago to see him accept his Oscars.

"She's here with me again tonight, so, at 96, I'm thanking her for her genes," Eastwood said. "I figure I'm just a kid. I've got a lot of stuff to do yet."

An emotional Swank, who turned in a muscular performance as a female boxer in Baby, started her acceptance speech by thanking her husband Chad Lowe, whom she famously forgot in her Best Actress acceptance for Boys Don't Cry five years ago.

"I like to think I learn from my mistakes," Swank said.

Swank's win represents the second time she's faced off against Annette Bening and triumphed in the Best Actress category.

"I don't know what I did in this life to deserve all this. I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream," Swank said.

Freeman took home an Oscar for his turn as a sage ex-prizefighter and delivered a quick one-two punch of an acceptance speech.

"I want to thank everybody and anybody who ever had anything at all to do with the making of this picture. But I especially want to thank Clint Eastwood for giving me the opportunity to work with him again," said Freeman, who had previously worked with Eastwood on Unforgiven>

Best Picture:
"Million Dollar Baby" (Warner Bros.)

Best Director:
Clint Eastwood for "Million Dollar Baby"

Best Actor:
Jamie Foxx in "Ray" (Universal)

Best Actress:
Hilary Swank in "Million Dollar Baby"

Supporting Actor:
Morgan Freeman in "Million Dollar Baby"

Supporting Actress:
Cate Blanchett in "The Aviator" (Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group, Warner Bros)

Original screenplay:
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, story by Charlie Kaufman & Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth (Focus Features)

Adapted screenplay:
"Sideways," screenplay by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor (Fox Searchlight/20th Century Fox)

Foreign Language Film:
"The Sea Inside" (Spain)

Animated Film:
"The Incredibles" (Pixar Animation Studios Inc., distributed by The Walt Disney Co. )

Documentary Feature:
"Born into Brothels"

Original Score:
"Finding Neverland," Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (Miramax)

Original Song:
"Al Otro Lado Del Rio," from "The Motorcycle Diaries" (Focus Features)

"The Aviator," Robert Richardson

Art Direction:
"The Aviator," Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo

"Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," Valli O'Reilly, Bill Corso (Paramount)

Costume Design:
"The Aviator," Sandy Powell

Film editing:
"The Aviator," Thelma Schoonmaker

Visual Effects:
"Spider-Man 2," John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara, John Frazier (Columbia Pictures)

Live Action Short Film:

Animated Short Film:

Sound Mixing:
"Ray," Scott Millan, Greg Orloff, Bob Beemer, Steve Cantamessa

Sound Editing:
"The Incredibles," Michael Silvers, Randy Thom

Documentary Short Subject:
"Mighty Times: The Children's March"

"Actually.. I got ten million baby! "

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