Hilary Swank Oscar: Century's First Two-Time Best Actress Winner + Barbra Streisand & Clint Eastwood

by Alt Film Guide
Hilary SwankHilary Swank Two-Time Best Actress Oscar winner

Hilary Swank arrives at the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Feb. 27. Swank was the eventual Best Actress winner for her performance as an up-and-coming boxer in Clint Eastwood's melodrama Million Dollar Baby. She became the 21st century's first two-time Oscar winner; Swank's previous victory was for the 1999 gender identity / bigotry drama Boys Don't Cry.

Previous two-time Best Actress Oscar winners include Olivia de Havilland, Luise Rainer, Bette Davis, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman (in addition to a Best Supporting Actress win), Jane Fonda, Sally Field, and Jodie Foster. Additionally, Katharine Hepburn won four Best Actress Oscar statuettes.

Hilary Swank movies

Besides Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don't Cry, other Hilary Swank movies include Tom Hooper's African-set Red Dust, Christopher Nolan's Insomnia, Charles Shyer's The Affair of the Necklace, Sam Raimi's The Gift, and Christopher Cain's The Next Karate Kid.

Swank's Best Actress Oscar competition consisted of Annette Bening for Being Julia, Imelda Staunton for Vera Drake, Catalina Sandino Moreno for Maria Full of Grace, and Kate Winslet for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Barbra Streisand Clint Eastwood Dustin Hoffman Albert S. Ruddy

Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman and Clint Eastwood: Oscar 2005

Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman flank Clint Eastwood, director-producer-star of the 2005 Best Picture Oscar winner Million Dollar Baby, backstage at the 77th Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Hoffman and Streisand, for their part, are sandwiched between Eastwood and, respectively, Million Dollar Baby producers Tom Rosenberg and Albert S. Ruddy.

Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, Clint Eastwood Oscars

At the 1969 Oscar ceremony, Barbra Streisand won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in William Wyler's Funny Girl – sharing it with Katharine Hepburn for Anthony Harvey's The Lion in Winter. Eight years later, Streisand won a second Oscar for co-composing, with Paul Williams, the song “Evergreen” from the box office hit A Star Is Born. Streisand was also nominated as Best Actress for Sydney Pollack's romantic melodrama The Way We Were (1973), co-starring Robert Redford.

Dustin Hoffman has won two Best Actor Oscars: for Robert Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Barry Levinson's Rain Man (1988). Hoffman's most recent nomination was for his performance as a film producer in Wag the Dog (1997). Dustin Hoffman's other Best Actor Oscar nominations were for Mike Nichols' The Graduate (1967), John Schlesinger Midnight Cowboy (1969), Bob Fosse's Lenny (1974), and Sydney Pollack's Tootsie (1982).

Clint Eastwood won a Best Director Oscar for the Western Unforgiven (1992), which also took home the Best Picture statuette. Million Dollar Baby, which also features Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman, followed that same path.

Hilary Swank photo: Courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Hilary Swank Sean Penn Oscar 2005Hilary Swank, Best Actress Oscar winner for Million Dollar Baby, with Sean Penn at the Oscar 2005 ceremony. Hilary Swank had previously won the Best Actress Oscar for Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Clint Eastwood Julia Roberts Oscar 2005Clint Eastwood, Best Director Oscar winner for Million Dollar Baby, with Julia Roberts. Clint Eastwood had previously won the Best Director Oscar for Unforgiven (1992)
Cate Blanchett Oscar 2005Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner for Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, in which Blanchett plays four-time Best Actress Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn. Cate Blanchett had been previously nominated as Best Actress for Elizabeth (1998)
Al Pacino Sidney Lumet Oscar 2005Al Pacino and his Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon director Sidney Lumet, recipient of the 2005 Honorary Oscar. Sidney Lumet received four Best Director Oscar nominations – Twelve Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976), and The Verdict (1982) – in addition to a Best Adapted Screenplay nod for Prince of the City (1981)
Alejandro AmenabarAlejandro Amenábar, director of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner The Sea Inside / Mar adentro, starring Javier Bardem
Ross Kauffman Zana Briski Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski: Best Documentary Feature Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids
Charlize Theron Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx (with Charlize Theron): Best Actor for Taylor Hackford's Ray Charles biopic Ray
Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman: Best Supporting Actor winner for Million Dollar Baby
Charlie Kaufman Michel Gondry Pierre BismuthCharlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth: Best Original Screenplay for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet
Jim Taylor Alexander PayneAlexander Payne and Jim Taylor: Best Adapted Screenplay for Sideways, starring Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, and Sandra Oh
Thelma SchoonmakerThelma Schoonmaker: Best Editing for The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes
Jan A.P. KaczmarekJan A.P. Kaczmarek: Best Original Score for Marc Forster's Finding Neverland, starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet
Jorge DrexlerJorge Drexler: Best Original Song, 'Al otro lado del río' from Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries, starring Gael García Bernal
Best Foreign Language Film
As It Is in Heaven (Sweden).
The Chorus (France).
Downfall (Germany).
The Sea Inside (Spain).
Yesterday (South Africa).

Hilary Swank and Sean Penn, Clint Eastwood and Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett, Al Pacino and Sidney Lumet, Jamie Foxx and Charlize Theron, Jorge Drexler, and other Oscar 2005 photos: Courtesy of AMPAS.

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