Zeta Jones wins Oscar
24/03/2003 - 07:26:31 Catherine Zeta Jones has been named best supporting actress at the Academy Awards for her role in Chicago.

Catherine Zeta Jones has been named best supporting actress at the Academy Awards for her role in Chicago.

The pregnant actress collected the Oscar for her portrayal of ruthless murderess Velma Kelly.

Zeta Jones, 33, beat Meryl Streep, Kathy Bates, Julianne Moore and co-star Queen Latifah to scoop the award.

She dedicated the Oscar to husband Michael Douglas, son Dylan and her home town of Swansea.

She said: "To everybody in Swansea, South Wales - I love you. To my son Dylan watching at home, and to my husband who I love, I share this award with you."

The 75th Academy Awards were a subdued affair because of the war with Iraq. The traditional walk down the red carpet was scrapped and instead the stars were ferried straight to the door of the theatre.

Chicago won the best picture Oscar, giving it a haul of six awards from a total of 13 nominations.

Adrien Brody was the surprise winner of the best actor Oscar for Roman Polanski's Second World War film The Pianist, beating Daniel Day-Lewis and Michael Caine. Roman Polanski was the shock winner of the best director Oscar for The Pianist.

Nicole Kidman won the best actress Oscar for The Hours and used her speech to defend her decision to attend the ceremony while war rages in Iraq.

American Chris Cooper also appealed for peace as he collected the best supporting actor Oscar for Adaptation. He ended his acceptance speech by saying: "In light of all the troubles in this world, I wish us all peace."

Peter O'Toole was awarded an honorary Oscar for a career which has spanned over 40 years.


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