FRIDA star Salma Hayek wore a gown Renee Zellweger had rejected for the Oscars as a last minute replacement when her own gown ripped.

Hayek was nominated for Best Actress and had already selected her own dress, but it was damaged the day before the ceremony.

She recalls, "Renee Zellweger had selected two CAROLINA HERRERAS (dresses), and I wore Renee's reject."

Zellweger opted for a ruby red creation from the designer and passed on a gown which featured a black lace top and white satin skirt.

Hayek was grateful to the CHICAGO star for offering up her spare dress at the last minute.

She recalls, "Some other girl might have said, 'She cannot wear the dress.' Thank God for Renee's good taste, it saved me."