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'Baby' wins best picture Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- "Million Dollar Baby" won the Oscar for Best Motion Picture at the 77th Academy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday.

Winners at 77th Academy Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Here is a list of winners at the 77th Academy Awards, which were presented Sunday in Los Angeles.

Swank wins best actress Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Hilary Swank won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday for "Million Dollar Baby."

Poll: Oscar to 'Ray' or 'The Aviator'

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- If left to U.S. adults instead of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscar for best picture would go to "Ray" or "The Aviator."

U.K. critics like 'The Aviator' for Oscar

LONDON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Britain's leading movie critics are predicting that "The Aviator" will win best film at next week's Academy Awards, the BBC said Friday.

'Sideways' is surpise winner at SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- "Sideways" won the top honor at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Saturday, keeping the Oscars race wide open.

Winners at 11th Annual SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Here is a list of winners at the 11th Screen Actors Guild Awards, which were presented Saturday in Los Angeles:

Swank: Boxing is a mental sport

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Oscar-nominated actress Hilary Swank says playing a pugilist in "Million Dollar Baby" taught her boxing is psychological as well as physical.

Analysis: 'Aviator' flight path to Oscar?

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- With a field-leading 11 Oscar nominations and a Producers Guild of America best picture prize safely in hand, "The Aviator" -- Martin Scorsese's biography of Ho
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Nominees for 77th Academy Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 77th Academy Awards, which were announced Tuesday:

'Aviator' leads field with 11 Oscar nods

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- "The Aviator" led the field with 11 Oscar nominations when nominees were announced Tuesday for the 77th Academy Awards.

Web site pundits list Oscar picks

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- "The Aviator," "Finding Neverland," "Million Dollar Baby" and "Sideways" are sure to be Best Picture Oscar nominees, GoldDerby.com said Monday.

Winners at the 62nd Golden Globe Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Here is a list of winners at the 62nd Annual Golden Globe awards, which were presented Sunday in Beverly Hills:

'Aviator' wins three Golden Globes

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- "The Aviator" won three Golden Globes Sunday, including the top prize for best motion picture drama and a best dramatic actor award for Leonardo DiCaprio.

Analysis: Golden Globes set Oscars table

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Another major piece of this year's Oscar puzzle will fit into place Sunday, with the handing out of the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter
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Hillary Swank arrives on the red carpet for the 83rd annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on February 27, 2011. UPI/Phil McCarten
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Hilary Ann Swank (born July 30, 1974) is an American actress. Her film career began with a small part in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) and then a major part in The Next Karate Kid (1994), where she played Julie Pierce, the first female protégé of sensei Mr. Miyagi. She has become known for her two Academy Award-winning performances: first as Brandon Teena, a transgender man (FTM) in the movie Boys Don't Cry (1999), and a struggling waitress-turned-boxer, Maggie Fitzgerald, in Million Dollar Baby (2004).

Swank was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, the daughter of Judy Kay (née Clough), a secretary and former dancer, and Stephen Michael Swank, who was an officer in the Air National Guard and later a traveling salesman. She has a brother, Daniel. Swank's surname is of German origin. Her maternal grandmother was of Spanish and Shoshone (Native American) ancestry, and many of Swank's family members hail from Ringgold County, Iowa. Swank came from humble beginnings, particularly as a child growing up in a trailer park near Lake Samish in Bellingham, Washington, to which she moved at age six, after having lived in Spokane, Washington. Swank has described her younger self as an "outsider" who felt that she belonged "only when a book or a movie, and could get involved with a character," and was thus inspired to become an actress.

When Swank was nine years old, she made her first appearance on stage, starring in The Jungle Book. She became involved in school and community theater programs, including those of the Bellingham Theatre Guild and The Seattle Children's Theater. She attended Sehome High School in Bellingham until she was sixteen. Swank also competed in the Junior Olympics and the Washington state championships in swimming; she ranked fifth in the state in all-around gymnastics. Swank's parents separated when she was thirteen, and her mother, supportive of her daughter's desire to act, moved to Los Angeles, where they lived out of their car until Swank's mother saved enough money to rent an apartment. Swank has described her mother as the inspiration for her acting career and her life. In California, Swank enrolled in South Pasadena High School (although she later dropped out of school) and started acting professionally. She helped pay the rent with the money she earned appearing in television programs such as Evening Shade and Growing Pains.

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