Renee Zellweger once saved Salma Hayek from epic wardrobe malfunction

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek has thanked Renee Zellweger for saving her from an epic wardrobe malfunction hours before the 2003 Academy Awards.

The 53-year-old recalled the embarrassing incident while presenting the Judy star with the Best Actress award at the National Board of Review Awards Gala in New York on Wednesday.

Back in 2003, both women were up for the Academy Award for Best Actress - Zellweger for her role as Roxie Hart in Chicago, and Hayek for her portrayal of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in the biopic Frida. While the pair eventually lost out to Nicole Kidman for her stellar turn as Virginia Woolf in The Hours, the women were supportive of one another behind-the-scenes in the run-up to the prestigious ceremony.

"Even the night before when my big butt exploded the seams of my Oscar dress and I had no dress for the Oscars, she ended up giving me one of her dresses that, thank God, was wide here (pointing to her behind) and stretchy here (gesturing to her breasts). That's what I wore for that night," Hayek said of the Carolina Herrera gown she eventually sported to the event, according to People.

The gown featured a black embellished lace bodice and a white A-line skirt, while Zellweger wore a scarlet red embellished gown by the same designer.

"I really wish that they would have a tie so that we could both win but we both lost," Hayek later said of them missing out on an Oscar to Kidman.

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