EW Staff
March 24, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Following in Halle Berry’s footsteps, Best Actress winner Nicole Kidman was so overcome with tears that she had to stop her speech to regain her composure. ”Russell Crowe said don’t cry if you get up there, and now I’m crying,” the ”Hours” star said. Part of her emotion came from her ambivalence about attending the Oscars ”when the world is in such turmoil,” and part from her lifelong desire, now fulfilled, ”to make my mother proud.”

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