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The Rock-itt : November 2009
Penn and Tim Robbins pick up the 'Best Actor' and 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role' Awards. Also in 2003 Eastwood was awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild. Next for Eastwood would be 'Million Dollar Baby' his most successful commercially and at the awards. Eastwood acted, produced, directed, and scored the boxing drama where he played the rough trainer who after being convinced by his closest friend to train a female boxer which ultimately leads to disastrous results. The film collected $216 million dollars at the box office and dominated the Academy Awards. Eastwood won his second 'Best Director' and 'Best Film' Awards and was nominated for 'Best Actor'. Hilary Swank was rewarded for her work in the film picking up 'Best Actress' and Morgan Freeman was awarded 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role'. Eastwood followed that success with 2 World War II films 'Flags of our Fathers' which focused on the lives of the 6 American soldiers who raised the flag during the battle of Iwo Jima, followed by 'The Battle of Iwo Jima' which focused on the fighting from the Japanese soldiers perspective. Eastwood then went off to direct 'Changeling' with Angelina Jolie, before both directing and starring in 'Gran Torino; what he has said will be his last appearance in front of the camera. Future directorial projects for Eastwood include 'Invictus' which looks at the life of Nelson Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman) After the fall of apartheid while he was president, joined with Springbok captain (played by Matt Damon) and campaigned and then marched towards the Rugby World Cup.