American actress Renee Zellweger broke down in tears of joy when awarded the BAFTA for Best Actress In A Supporting Role for her performance as RUBY in Cold Mountain.

At last night's (15FEB04) ceremony in London's Odeon Leicester Square, the BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY star followed the tradition of fellow acceptance speeches made by Halle Berry and Gwyneth Paltrow, who both cried when they won Oscars in 2002 and 1999 respectively.

Zellweger arrived on stage to collect her golden mask, weeping, and stuttered, "My heart, I'm sorry."

The Oscar-nominee went on to say, "I'm completely surprised, my head has been in Bridget Jones and I woke up this morning and remembered 'oh, today's the day', this is completely unexpected and a massive honour. To be recognised by the Bafta Academy is a big thing."

Zellweger paid tribute to co-stars Nicole Kidman and Jude Law, who missed out in the Best Actor In A Leading Role category to Bill Murray.

To Cold Mountain director Anthony Minghella, Zellweger gushed, "I have admired you for so long. I was beside myself when you called and invited me to be part of this experience with you. Thank you for all that you taught me and continue to teach me. It was truly an honour to be in your beautiful film."

19/02/2004 08:59