Those with nothing much to weep about schmoozed and gossiped, savoring "stuff that would curl your hair," confided Tom Hanks, who turned up at the PEOPLE-sponsored after-party outside the Shrine Exposition Center. As if to demonstrate, ER's Michael Michele expressed her intention "to move in on [The Sopranos'] James Gandolfini." And when The West Wing's Bradley Whitford lost sight of his wife, Malcolm in the Middle's Jane Kaczmarek, he let his imagination run wild. "My wife is making out with Jeff Bridges!" he cried. You don't hear that at the Oscars.