THE WINNERS' CIRCLE
: With their Oscars as special guests, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg celebrated victory at Elton John's AIDS benefit at the Beverly Hills restaurant Maple Drive. Joining the late-night toast were, from left, Spielberg's wife, Kate Capshaw, Elton, Patti Scialfa, Hanks's sister-in-law Lily Reeves and wife Rita Wilson.
REVENGE OF THE VALKYRIE
: Debbie Allen shed her Brünhilde breastplate to party at Georgia (the eatery co-owned by Denzel Washington
). "It got too hot, and I was sweating."
BEST SUPPORTING MOM
: Holly Hunter's mother, Marguerite, only had eyes for her girl.
WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, INVITE FAMILY
: Split from ex-fiancé Bill MacDonald, Sharon Stone changed into a beaded flapper dress after the show and brought her brother Michael as her date.
TILL OUR NEXT FILM US DO PART
: At last, Emma Thompson and hubby Kenneth Branagh did the Oscars together
BEST KISS OF A VAMPIRE
: When Tom Cruise
smooched Nicole Kidman
at Morton's, she didn't seem to mind the whiskers.
WELL, SHUT MY MOUTH AND PASS THE BUBBLY
: Best Song nominee Dolly Parton couldn't control the Saint Bernards onstage, but she had George Hamilton on a tight leash during the bash at Morton's.
WHO NEEDS OSCAR
He didn't pick up an award, but Schindler
's star Liam Neeson seemed content knowing he was No. 1 on fiancée Natasha Richardson's list.
FASHION BE DAMNED: Said Whoopi, with Elton: "I wasn't looking at nobody but me."