"Million Dollar Baby" Grabs Top Oscars

Society | February 28, 2005, Monday // 00:00
"Million Dollar Baby" Grabs Top Oscars Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" took four Oscars, including best actress Hilary Swank (R) and best actor Morgan Freeman (C). Cate Blanchett (L) was named best supporting actress for her role as Katharine Hepburn in the Aviator. Photo by ARD TV

Legendary Hollywood tough guy Clint Eastwood won the 2004 Oscars for best director and best film for boxing drama "Million Dollar Baby" at the glamorous Los Angeles ceremony, dealing a double blow to his main rival Martin Scorsese and "The Aviator".

It marked the third time that Scorsese has lost the directing Oscar to an actor-turned-filmmaker. The others were to Robert Redford in 1981 and Kevin Costner in 1991.

Jamie Foxx took best actor for his performance at Ray Charles in ''Ray." In his speech, the actor, who was also nominated for a supporting role in ''Collateral," led the audience in a shout-out to the late Charles, who may now have won as many awards in death as he has in life.

Five years after ''Boys Don't Cry," Hilary Swank consolidated her reign at the top of the American film industry by winning a second best actress Oscar, for her portrayal of boxer Maggie Fitzgerald in ''Million Dollar Baby," which won four awards overall.

As expected, ''The Aviator," Scorsese's epic drama about the life and obsessive-compulsive times of billionaire Hughes, won five Oscars, for cinematography, art direction, costumes, and editing. ''Aviator" costar Cate Blanchett took the best supporting actress statuette for her role as legendary star Katharine Hepburn.

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