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Zeta Jones' night with Oscar
Zeta Jones performed with Queen Latifah
Zeta Jones performed with Queen Latifah
Catherine Zeta Jones has capped a remarkable rise in Hollywood with an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in Chicago.

A heavily pregnant Catherine Zeta Jones won the affections of the audience at the Oscars and TV viewers around the world with her frenzied and emotional acceptance speech.

"My hormones are too way out control to be dealing with this," she said from the podium.

The Welsh-born star is now getting the recognition she craves.

Many remember her as a TV actress in drama serial The Darling Buds of May, and thought there was a mismatch of talent in her marriage with Michael Douglas.

Truly accepted

She initially struggled to gain substantial movie roles, but she won praise when she appeared with her husband in 2000's Oscar-winning drama Traffic.

Catherine Zeta Jones
Zeta Jones thanked her husband
And she has been well and truly accepted into the movie fraternity after proving herself as the ruthless, glamorous singing murderess Velma Kelly in Chicago.

The bandwagon for her Oscar campaign gathered pace when she was honoured at home as the best supporting actress at the British Bafta Awards.

She convinced fans that she had not forgotten her roots by shouting a Welsh rugby chant from the podium during her acceptance speech, and also thanked those in her home town of Swansea, south Wales at the Academy Awards.

Her win was celebrated by friends in Swansea.

Singer Bonnie Tyler, who sung at her wedding in New York, said: "With all the love and dedication that she has put into her work over the years she really deserved to win the Oscar.

"We were all rooting for her and are absolutely thrilled for her and her lovely family. "

Hazel Johnson, the actress's dance teacher from the age of four until she left Swansea for the West End as a teenager, said: "I am overjoyed by the news she really deserved to win the Oscar.

"I stayed up to watch the ceremony through the night and I always thought that she was in with a really good chance."

She surprised some by agreeing to perform I Move On with Queen Latifah while heavily pregnant, and there had been talk that an ambulance would be on standby during the ceremony in case she went into labour.

But, unlike in the high-kicking film, she was not required to do anything more than a hip-swivel at the ceremony.

She is now preparing for more meaty roles, starring alongside George Clooney in romantic comedy Intolerable Cruelty and alongside her husband again in thriller Monkeyface.

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