2 Nominations
Year 2009
Director Clint Eastwood
Writer Anthony Peckham
Starring Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon
82nd Academy Awards

Invictus is a 2009 biographical sports drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman as South African President Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as the captain of the South African rugby union team, The Springboks. The story is based on the John Carlin book "Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation".



The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.