Penelope opened her acceptance speech by asking if anyone had ever passed out on the stage. "I was really worried! For the last few days, I've been going back and forth from Europe to here and doing all of these events for the Oscars. At the same time, I was finishing a movie—I was very overworked and stressed out," she says. "I am not complaining, it's been a great adventure, but a few times I've thought, 'Today's the day where I faint.' Yesterday I thought, 'It should have been before because it's going to happen now, on this stage.'"
When she accepted her award, Penelope didn't faint—but she did deliver some of her acceptance speech in Spanish. What did she say? "I said I wanted to dedicate it to all of the actors from my country and to all of the people that stayed up to watch the show and felt that this also belonged to them," she says.