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Published February 22 2009

Penelope Cruz wins supporting actress Oscar

LOS ANGELES - Penelope Cruz won an Academy Award tonight for her supporting role as a fiery, funny woman in a three-way relationship with her ex-husband and an American woman in the Woody Allen film ``Vicky Cristina Barcelona.'

``Thank you Woody for trusting me with this beautiful character,' a teary-eyed Cruz said as she accepted the award.

The win made Cruz the first Spanish woman to win an acting Oscar, one year after her compatriot and co-star Javier Bardem won best supporting actor for ``No Country for Old Men.'

Cruz delivered part of her acceptance speech in Spanish, saying that the win was for all the actors from her home country.

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