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Rachel Weisz: 'Oscar win opened doors for me'

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Rachel Weisz has credited winning an Academy Award with giving her more creative freedom.

Weisz won the 'Best Supporting Actress' Oscar for 2005's The Constant Gardener, beating out fellow nominees Amy Adams, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Michelle Williams.

Rachel Weisz attends the photo call of the movie 'The Bourne Legacy' at the 38th American Film Festival in France.

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During a recent interview with Deadline, Weisz discussed how winning the prestigious award affected her career.

"Immediately afterward, I was offered jobs by interesting directors, including Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar. Peter Jackson offered me a role," she recalled. "I didn't have to meet people. They just offered me jobs, these big fancy directors."

The star continued: "People believe in you more after you've won an Oscar, but it's up to you what choices you make and how that goes."

Weisz also discussed how the experience led her to be more discerning of the acting roles she takes.

"I was offered more work after the Oscar. When I was younger, I would take whatever I was offered because it was money and work and experience," the actress commented. "In a way, choosing is the hard part. I know that's a luxury problem, but it's true.

"I try to go where passion takes me. You never know how things will turn out. And you can't really say it turned out wrong. Whatever happens, happens. The important thing is that you followed your gut."

British actress Rachel Weisz poses during a photo call for the film 'Agora', during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 17

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Weisz will be starring with James Franco and Mila Kunis in Oz: The Great and Powerful, opening on March 8 in the US and the UK.

Watch a trailer for Oz: The Great and Powerful below:

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