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The Rock-itt : December 2009
Then came the film that saw Howard claim 2 Oscars at the annual Academy Awards for 'A Beautiful Mind' starring Russell Crowe. The film about the brilliant, yet socially awkward mathematician clinched the best director and best picture awards for Howard as well as co-star Jennifer Connelly grabbing the best supporting actress. Howard had a lot of pressure to back up his Oscar winning film, but failed to do so with 2003's 'The Missing', so in 2005 re- teamed with Russell Crowe for 'Cinderella Man', the story of James 'The Bulldog' Braddock, a washed up heavyweight boxer who came back to become champion and inspire a nation which at the time was going through depression. While it didn't collect any major awards it flaunted the talents of all involved. Over the past few years Howard has been working on a few projects, none though more talked about than the film adaptation of the controversial religious novel 2006's 'The Da Vinci Code' and its prequel 2009's 'Angels and Demons'. While both films have their critics, you can't argue success with the two films combining to make over a billion dollars worldwide. In between the two religious films, Howard directed the critically acclaimed Frost/Nixon, which was nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Director, Best Actor in a leading Role, and Best Picture. Ron Howard has come a long way since he began as a child actor in the late 50's, and with all the success he has had we are sure that we haven't seen the last of him.