Best Supporting Actress 2009

If you are wondering who earned the best supporting actress 2009 award, read on to learn more about the talented winner. The Oscars are a time-honored tradition in Hollywood and stand as one of the most coveted awards that a performing artist can win. In 2009, the beautiful Penelope Cruz  won the Academy Award for best supporting actress in Woody Allen’s film ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona.’ Discover more about her role in the movie and her lucky night at the Oscars below.

About the Film ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ tells the tale of two young American friends named Vicky and Cristina who embark on an adventure to Barcelona for what soon transforms into a complicated love triangle. Cristina (played by Scarlett Johansson) meets Juan, who has a fiercely passionate and a bit insane ex-wife named Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz). The film features girl-on-girl action between Cruz and Johansson, since they develop a chaotic relationship that eventually falls apart. The film earned very positive reviews from critics upon its release.

Oscar Night 2009 Penelope Cruz won best supporting actress at the 81st Annual Academy Awards, which took place on February 22, 2009 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Cruz beat out fellow supporting best supporting actress nominees Amy Adams (for ‘Doubt’), Marisa Tomei (for ‘The Wrestler’), Viola Davis (for ‘Doubt’), and Taraji P. Henson (for ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’). Other members of the winner cycle with Cruz included Kate Winslet as Best Actress for ‘The Reader,’ Sean Penn as Best Actor for ‘Milk,” and Heath Ledger (honored posthumously) as Best Supporting Actor for ‘The Dark Knight.'

Penelope’s Speech In her acceptance speech for best supporting actress 2009, Cruz mentioned that she might be the first actor to faint on stage while accepting an award (but she held herself together just fine). The people that Cruz thanked during her best supporting actress acceptance speech included Woody Allen, Harvey Weinstein, her parents, her brother, and her sister. She also mentioned her home of Alcobendas, Spain during her speech and offered a dedication to her country in Spanish, sharing her special moment with the country's people.

Penelope's Recent Films Since her Oscar win for best supporting actress in 2009, Cruz has completed work on the films ‘Nine’ and ‘Broken Embraces.’ She earned another Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress 2010 in ‘Nine’ but she was beat out by Mo’Nique, who won for her role in ‘Precious.’