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Winner Swank achieves her 'dream'
Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank won her first Oscar for Boys Don't Cry in 2000
Hilary Swank has won another best actress Academy Award for her role in Million Dollar Baby.

"I don't know what I did in this life to deserve all this," she said.

"I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream. I never thought this would ever happen." Swank won the same prize for Boys Don't Cry in 2000.

And she thanked actor and director Clint Eastwood "for allowing me to go on this journey with you". "Thank you for believing in me," she said.

Here is a transcript of her acceptance speech:

I thank the Academy. I'm eternally grateful for this great honour. I would also like to acknowledge my fellow nominees - Annette [Bening], Imelda [Staunton], Kate [Winslet], and Catalina [Sandino Moreno] - your work inspires me beyond words.

I am going to start by thanking my husband because I'd like to think I learned from past mistakes. Chad, you're my everything. Thank you for your support. It means the world.

I would never be standing here if it weren't for the... each and every one of the brilliant people I had surrounding me, supporting me and believing in me. Tom Rosenberg, Gary Luccchesi, thank you for sending me this most marvellous script. You will never know how grateful I am.

My trainers... you pushed me further than I ever thought I could push myself up to that last pound, actually to that last ounce
Paul Haggis, for writing this beautiful script. Our other producers extraordinaire - Al Ruddy, Clint, Rob Lorenz. Phyllis Huffman, our casting director.

My trainers, Grant Roberts and Hector Roca, you pushed me further than I ever thought I could push myself up to that last pound, actually to that last ounce. I thank you. My sparring partners who were so patient. And everyone at Gleason's.

Well, the ever-amazing Morgan Freeman. Tom Stern, our cinematographer, you are brilliant. Joel Cox, our editor, you're amazing. You know? I'm going to thank my mom for believing in me from the beginning. My dad, for his support.

My agents, Josh Lieberman, Tony Lipp, Kelly Tiffan, John Campisi. Jason Weinberg my manager. Music begins. You can't do that. I haven't gotten to Clint yet. I saved him for the end. Karl Austen, Jeff Bernstein, my lawyers.

And then Clint. Clint Eastwood. Thank you for allowing me to go on this journey with you. Thank you for believing in me. You're my Mo Cuishle. Thank you. Warner Bros, as well. And you know what? Wait! Troy Nankin, my best friend and publicist. Thank you.


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