She subsequently starred in the romantic comedy Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), obtaining nominations for the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actress.
Her role in the musical Chicago (2002) earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and won her a Golden Globe Award.
She had several starring roles in limited release films, such as Appaloosa (2008), My One and Only (2009), Case 39 (2009), and My Own Love Song (2010), which were followed by a six-year hiatus from acting work.
Zellweger returned to the screen for the third Bridget Jones film, Bridget Jones's Baby (2016). as a local hire" in the Austin-filmed horror-comedy film My Boyfriend's Back, playing "the girl in the beauty shop, maybe two lines.
Roger Ebert, showing approval of Zellweger and Cruise's chemistry in the picture, wrote: "The film is often a delight, especially when Cruise and Zellweger are together on the screen.
He plays Maguire with the earnestness of a man who wants to find greatness and happiness in an occupation where only success really counts.
I got sick of the sound of my own voice: it was time to go away and grow up a bit.
A rep for Renee responded to the claims via The Blast, saying, “If Harvey said that, he’s full of sh*t.” The Blast adds that Renee and Harvey only had a professional relationship and no favors were ever exchanged.She was also named Hasty Pudding's Woman of the Year in 2009, Zellweger's first major film role came in the horror sequel Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994), which she followed with a critically acclaimed appearance in Empire Records (1995).She later gained widespread attention for her roles in the dramedy sports film Jerry Maguire (1996) and the comedy Nurse Betty (2000), for which she won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.It received a release in selected theaters, garnering mostly favorable comments from critics.Marc Savlov of Austin Chronicle applauded the main cast saying they were "all excellent in their roles" and noted that "Zellweger's character – all squeals and caged sexuality – seems a bit too close to Juliette Lewis' Mallory Knox (of Natural Born Killers) to be as fresh as it should be".