Weisz wins Best Supporting Actress gong

British star Rachel Weisz won the best supporting actress Oscar today for her performance in The Constant Gardener.

British star Rachel Weisz won the best supporting actress Oscar today for her performance in The Constant Gardener.

The 34-year-old, who is six months pregnant, called it a “tremendous, tremendous honour”.

In The Constant Gardener, a political thriller based on the novel by John Le Carre, Weisz played humanitarian aid worker Tessa Quayle.

The film is set in Africa and exposes corporate corruption in the pharmaceutical industry.

Weisz plays the wife of a British diplomat, played by Ralph Fiennes.

Accepting her award, she said: “This is a tremendous, tremendous honour. I share it with others – Ralph Fiennes, my luminous acting partner, and Fernando Meirelles, a director brimming over with such humanity.”

She also made mention of author Le Carre, saying: “He wrote this unflinching, angry story and he really paid tribute to the people who are willing to risk their own lives to fight for justice. They are greater men and women than I.”

Weisz won a Golden Globe for the same role but missed out on a Bafta.

The actress, who was born in London and educated at Cambridge University, celebrates her 35th birthday tomorrow, and expecting her first baby with director partner Darren Aronofsky.

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