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Best Director Nominee: Clint Eastwood

Film: Million Dollar Baby

Previous best director wins for movie: Golden Globe; Chicago Film Critics Assoc.; Directors Guild Award; New York Film Critics Circle; Seattle Film Critics Assoc.

Previous Oscar wins/nominations:

Won Best Director, Unforgiven (1992)
Nominated for Best Actor, Unforgiven (1992)
Nominated for Best Director, Mystic River (2003)

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Bio: We all know him for the tough guys he has played onscreen, but Clint Eastwood also has proven his ability behind the camera. From his first directing effort, 1971’s taut psychological thriller Play Misty For Me, Eastwood likes his films to simmer: witness the languid Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the Best Picture-winning Western Unforgiven and last year’s nominated Mystic River. But Million Dollar Baby not only simmers, it also rips your heart out, as a softer, gentler Eastwood turns in one of his most emotional and personal films to date. Just like a fine wine, he just keeps getting better with age.

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