March 10, 2003 12:00 PM

How to deal with big-night jitters? “A glass of champagne,” says Nicole Kidman (in vintage Ungaro, right, with fellow nominee Salma Hayek, in Chanel couture), who snagged the best-actress award for The Hours.

“I get nervous every time I have a press event,” says Julianne Moore (in Ungaro couture).

“Taking off my shoes would be a big celebration,” eight-months-pregnant Catherine Zeta-Jones (in Valentino, with husband Michael Douglas) quipped after winning best supporting actress for Chicago.

The Adrienne Landau coat that nominee Halle Berry draped over her Badgley Mischka gown wasn’t just a fashion statement. Given the chilly London weather, she said, “I thought I’d be smart tonight.”

Zeta-Jones called her Chicago costar, a best-actress nominee, “my delicious” Renée Zellweger (in a vintage gown from Lily et Cie).

Talk to Her director Pedro Almódovar won two BAFTAs and delivered an antiwar speech about the “army of darkness.”

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