Honoring the Auteurs
January 31, 2005

"Extra" found Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and other huge stars from the big and small screens this weekend, and they were all waiting to see who would be named Best Behind the Movie Camera.

And the night belonged to the one and only Clint Eastwood for "Million Dollar Baby," who beat out sentimental favorite "Aviator" director Martin Scorsese for the award that almost always predicts who will win the Best Director Oscar.

"Million Dollar Baby" stars Eastwood and Oscar nominees Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. "This particular film, I wanted to make it," Eastwood said. "I was going to make it if I had to sell the house."

"I just prayed not to ruin this one," Hilary admitted. "That's how good it was."

And to prepare for her role as a boxer, Swank revealed she trained, "Four-and-a-half hours, six days a week for three months."

Meanwhile, director Alexander Payne's "Sideways" stars Virginia Madsen and Thomas Haden Church continued to soak up support for their wine-tasting adventure film. Thomas told us how we can all get in on the fun, saying, "I know they put together a 'Sideways' map book, and you can re-trace the steps of the idiots in the movie."

And Virginia revealed some career news to "Extra:" "I'm doing a movie with Harrison Ford, 'The Wrong Element.'"

In TV news, "Desperate Housewife" and DGA presenter Teri Hatcher recently recovered from a broken toe, just in time to suffer another desperately dangerous injury while jumping over a couch. "I smashed my leg into the couch and it's all black and blue," she admitted.

But on a night that was all about smash entertainment, we got a sneak peek at what the Oscars may soon have to offer, including Halle Berry. The Best Actress winner from 2002 will be a presenter at this year's show, which airs on ABC February 27th.


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