'Chicago' Is Oscar's Kind of Town

03/23/2003 at 10:58 AM EST



10:15 p.m.: Zeta-Jones Leads 'Chicago' Oscar Haul

Catherine Zeta-Jones's merry murderess Velma Kelly in "Chicago" brought the Welsh-born beauty a Best Supporting Actress Oscar at Sunday night's 75th annual Oscar ceremony.

"My hormones are just way too out of control to be dealing with this," said the very pregnant Zeta-Jones, who is expecting her baby with husband Michael Douglas in April.

Presenter Sean Connery (in full Scottish regalia) said merely "Catherine" as he announced the winner -- leaving nominee Kathy Bates looking slightly bewildered. But when the orchestra inside the Kodak Theatre broke into "All That Jazz," there was no mistaking who won.

"Chicago" took the lead during the first half of Sunday night's 75th annual Oscars, with the musical winning four trophies. Besides the victory for Zeta-Jones, the film also was cited for Art Direction, Costume Design and Sound. The musical, starring Renee Zellweger, Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, went into this year's race with a leading 13 nominations, the eighth film in Hollywood history to receive so many. (1950's "All About Eve" and 1997's "Titanic" each had 14.)

John Travolta also introduced Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah -- both in beautiful black lace gowns -- for their performance of "Chicago"'s "I Move On," nominated for Best Original Song. (There had been fears that Zeta-Jones might go into labor during the number. She didn't.)

Meanwhile, Jennifer Garner and Mickey Mouse -- "one of the most beloved black actors in Hollywood," joked host Steve Martin -- presented the Animated Short Film Oscar to "The ChubbChubbs!" Mickey required eyeglasses to read the winner's names.

The Live-Action Short Film Oscar went to "This Charming Man." Garner made the presentation solo.

Nia Vardalos, of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," presented the Makeup Oscar to "Frida," whose only other competition was "The Time Machine." Among the other movies that didn't make the makeup cut in the nominations was "The Hours," because Nicole Kidman's fake nose, it was determined, had been digitally enhanced.

Before the first hour had wrapped up, ABC broke in with news from Iraq, to report on the heavy bombing taking place there, for a brief update before returning to the Oscarcast.

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