‘Million Dollar Baby’ dominates Oscars 10 years ago this hour (Feb 27 2005)

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(Sunday, February 27, 2005, 8:30 p.m. EST) — In a year without blockbusters in the biggest Oscar categories, “Million Dollar Baby,” an intimate film about an underdog female boxer, captured four top awards Sunday at the 77th Academy Awards: best picture, best director, best actress and best supporting actor.

The victories overshadowed the three-hour epic about the billionaire Howard Hughes, “The Aviator,” which had the most nominations, 11. It won five awards, but its director, Martin Scorsese, was denied the Oscar for best director for the fifth time.

Jamie Foxx won best actor for his masterly portrayal of the rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles in “Ray.” A joyous Foxx, 37, tearfully recalled how his grandmother – “my first acting teacher” – told him how to carry himself, to “act like you got some sense” and beat him when he did not.

“Now she talks to me in my dreams,” he said, breaking down in tears. “And I can’t wait to go to sleep tonight because we got a lot to talk about. I love you.”

The Oscars for “The Aviator” included best supporting actress for Cate Blanchett.

The ceremonies were held at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, with Chris Rock as host.

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