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, 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.
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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.