Grand Champions! Our Favorite Big-Screen Athletes

From Clint and Clooney to Sandler and Swank, these stars know how to go from the A list to the winner's circle (12 Photos)

Kim Potts on Jun 28, 2010 at 5:03PM

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Grand Champions! Our Favorite Big-Screen Athletes

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Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

From Clint Eastwood's direction and starring role, to the powerful performance by Hilary Swank as the titular female boxer, the drama earned every one of its four Oscars. Swank nabbed her second Best Actress Academy Award as Maggie, a small-town woman from an uncaring family who moves to Los Angeles. She convinces has-been boxing trainer Frankie (Eastwood), with some nudging by Frankie's pal, former boxer Scrap (Morgan Freeman), to shepherd her career. Maggie's career takes off and her financial picture brightens, which, crushingly, doesn't win her any affection from her greedy family. It also gives Frankie the chance to prove his training skills and redeem himself to his own family in the movie's heartbreaking end.

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