Penelope Cruz became the first Spanish actress to win an Academy Award here Sunday, picking up the best supporting Oscar statuette for her performance in the steamy comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
The win for the 34-year-old from Madrid came two years after her best actress nomination in 2007 for Volver.
"Has anybody ever fainted here? Because I might be the first one," an overwhelmed Cruz said as she accepted her award.
"Thank you so much to the academy. I want to share this with my fellow nominees. And with the amazing ensemble of actors that I had the privilege to work with in this movie. Thank you for trusting me with this beautiful character."
Other nominees included Viola Davis for Doubt, Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler, Taraji P Henson for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Amy Adams for Doubt.