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Rachel nabs Oscar

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-03-06

Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz has triumphed at the 2006 Oscars by winning Best supporting actress for her role in the political thriller The Constant Gardener.

The kosher actress born in London won the award on the eve of her birthday, she's 35 on Tuesday.

The win for the daughter of Hungarian/Austrian parents follows other great success and recognition for the film. In January, she won a Golden Globe.

Based on a novel by John le Carre, the film stars Weisz as a diplomat's wife who is murdered in Kenya. Her husband (Ralph Fiennes) travels to the area to investigate the circumstances surrounding her death – and is shocked by what he finds.

Accepting the award, Weisz paid tribute to le Carre: "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, who is now based in New York is expecting her first child in the spring with fiancee Darren Aronofsky, director of cult classic Pi.