Takes supporting actress award for 'Cristina'

Penelope Cruz became the first Spanish actress to win an Oscar, copping the trophy for her performance in Woody Allen comedy “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

“Has anyone ever fainted up here?” she asked at the podium. “Because I could be the first one.”

Cruz, who was born in Alcobendas, Spain, noted she had watched Oscars late at night in her hometown as a small child.

She also disclosed that winners only have 45 seconds to give their acceptance speeches but she took far longer than that in thanking Allen, castmates, and director Pedro Almadovar before concluding her speech with a thank you in Spanish to Spanish thespians.

“Vicky Cristina” castmate Javier Bardem became the first Spanish actor to win an Oscar last year in the supporting role for “No Country for Old Men.”

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