Each of the 5 Best Picture nominees share a common themes of ambition and success: Million Dollar Baby
(2004) (Maggie and boxing); The Aviator
(2004) (Howard Hughes and film-making/engineering); Finding Neverland
(2004) (J.M. Barrie and writing); Ray
(2004) (Ray Charles and music). Sideways
(2004) (Miles & Jack and resolving a mid-life crisis) See more
Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role
I don't know what I did in this life to deserve all this. I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream. I never thought this would ever happen, let alone be nominated. And a working actor, for that matter. And now, this. I thank the Academy. I am eternally grateful for this great honor. I would also like to acknowledge my fellow nominees. Annette, Imelda, Kate and Catalina, your work inspires me beyond words. I am going to start by thanking my husband because I'd like to think I learn ...