Cate Blanchett and Morgan Freeman have taken the first acting prizes at the 77th Academy Awards in Hollywood, scooping the Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor awards.

On the biggest night of the movie calendar, the cream of Hollywood's elite have graced the red carpet at Los Angeles' Kodak Theater.

Blanchett was first up to the stage to collect her prize, for her role in Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator.

The Australian actress called the award "an indescribable surprise and honour" and paid tribute to screen legend Katherine Hepburn, who she played in the film, gushing, "The longevity of her career is inspiring to everyone."

Blanchett also praised The Aviator director Martin Scorsese, telling him, "I hope my son will marry your daughter."

Freeman won his first Oscar despite having been nominated three times in the past, but he was more than happy to accept the award for his role in Million Dollar Baby. He told the star-studded audience, "A lot of people say you're due - maybe you are, maybe you aren't - it's an accolade."

Meanwhile, MARTIN SCORSESE's The Aviator has already collected an impressive five of the eleven awards it is nominated for.

The full list of winners so far is as follows

Best Supporting Actor - MORGAN FREEMAN, MILLION DOLLAR BABY

Best Supporting Actress - CATE BLANCHETT, THE AVIATOR

Best Adapted Screenplay - SIDEWAYS

Best Cinematography - THE AVIATOR

Best Editing - THE AVIATOR

Best Art Direction - THE AVIATOR

Best Costume Design - THE AVIATOR

Best Makeup - LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

Best Visual Effects - Spider-Man 2

Best Animated Film - The Incredibles

Best Documentary, Features - BORN INTO BROTHELS: CALCUTTA'S RED LIGHT KIDS

Best Short Film, Live Action - WASP

Best Sound Editing: THE INCREDIBLES.

28/02/2005 03:42