Eastwood has beaten Martin Scorsese by being the DGA award winner
Clint Eastwood wins the Directors Guild of America honor for the boxing saga Million Dollar Baby, in which he plays as boxing trainer and reluctant mentor to Hillary Swank the scrappy fighter who becomes a champion in the ring before her life takes a tragic turn. This victory will then asure Eastwood's prospects to win his second best-director prize at the Academy Awards held on February 27, 2005.
Winning this award has also brought Eastwood up to his fellow nominee Martin Scorsese who lost all his sixth guild nomination for best director for the Howard Hughes epic The Aviator. Gaining such triumph, Eastwood gives his appreciation to both co-stars Swank and Freeman whose presence in the Million Dollar Baby has made his job as director a delight.