Date: 28th February 2005

Freeman gets standing ovation

Morgan Freeman got a standing ovation as he accepted his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Million Dollar Baby.

Freeman who has been nominated three times before, thanked director Clint Eastwood calling the boxing drama "a labour of love".

"Getting a standing ovation was kind of humbling," said Freeman afterwards reports BBC online.

"A lot of people say you're due - maybe you are, maybe you aren't - it's an accolade. After Driving Miss Daisy, I became philosophical about the Oscar. It occurred to me that winning the nomination is probably the height of it. But when they call your name, all of that goes out the window," he added.

Freeman beat Clive Owen, Thomas Haden Church, Alan Alda and Jamie Foxx to clinch the best supporting award on Sunday.

Million Dollar Baby also won best film, best director for Eastwood and best actress for Hilary Swank.

Source: Press Release