updated 03/15/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/15/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
SANTA MONICA, FEB. 28
On the Waters Front
Emcee John Waters backs up Tom Cruise, the honorary chair of the Independent Spirit Awards, the Oscars-in-beach-wear gala held under an ocean-side tent to honor the indie film world. Lost in Translation swept the ceremonies with five wins, including best feature.
Part on the Head
The Station Agent's Patricia Clarkson gives costar Peter Dinklage a big squeeze. Both were nominated—Clarkson for supporting actress in Pieces of April, Dinklage for best actor in Agent—but didn't win. Hey, with friends like these, who needs trophies?
Jennifer Aniston has a wave review for the indie show, where she and screenwriter Mike White (The Good Girl) presented best screenplay to Lost in Translation's Sofia Coppola. "You'll win next year," White assured Aniston, offering to write her a role as "a lesbian who kills and is ugly as sin!"
"I want to thank my partner-in-crime, Stuey—whom I get to go home with!" says best-actress winner Charlize Theron (Monster), who gives the "Stuey" in question, her actor boyfriend Stuart Townsend, a kiss.
Donning schoolgirl outfits, Kyra Sedgwick (left) and Zooey Deschanel pull a Britney to lead an In America sing-along to the tune of "Three Little Maids."
Before taking the trophy for best supporting actor, In America's Djimon Hounsou (left) pals around with actor Taye Diggs.
THE GM FASHION SHOW
LOS ANGELES, FEB. 24
Gift of the Garb
Looking fabulous in Dolce & Gabbana, Kim Cattrall scores high points strutting her stuff.
From their front-row perch, sisters Nicky and Paris Hilton (center) size up the chic factor with fellow fashionista Nicole Richie.
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher get clap happy at the GM ten celebrity fashion show, where stars crawled the cat-walk to earn $5,000 for their pet charities.
"I leave what I wear up to women," said Matthew Perry, catching up with follow model Heather Graham.
Carmen Electra hugs her hard-rockin' husband, Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. He later performed with Juliette Lewis.
ONLY IN L.A.
Sex and the Seniors?
LOS ANGELES, FEB. 24
Spoofing Sex and the City for the TV Land Awards on March 17 are tube legends (from left) Sally Struthers as Samantha, Charlotte Rae as Charlotte, Bea Arthur as Carrie and Katherine Helmond as Miranda.
BURBANK, CALIF., FEB. 25—
Ellen DeGeneres goes a little ape on her talk show with BamBam, one of the orangutans who plays a nurse—that's right, a health-care professional—on the soap opera Passions.
LOS ANGELES, FEB. 26—
Danny DeVito gets a whole lotta love from Anna Nicole Smith while filming a scene from Be Cool, the sequel to Get Shorty with John Travolta and Uma Thurman.
THE SPORTING LIFE
In the Cards?
LOS ANGELES, FEB. 25
Ben Affleck hopes his hand holds some winners at the pro-am World Poker Tour at he Commerce Casino. (Other celebs included Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Tilly.)
ANDALUCIA, SPAIN, FEB. 26
Soccer star David Beckham Kicks it old school while shooting a Pepsi commercial.
Doing the Legwork
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, FEB. 25
No, Venus Williams hasn't gone Mike Tyson on us. The tennis ace is just flirting with fancy body art, getting temporary henna tattoos during the Dubai Open.
MELMERBY, ENGLAND, FEB. 25
A steady Prince Charles shows off his lightning-quick reflexes at the Ping-Pong table.
AN UNFORGETTABLE EVENING
BEVERLY HILLS, MARCH 1
"I was in bed at 12:30 last night," says an M&M's-toting Nicole Kidman, turning up bright-eyed for Saks Fifth Avenue's Unforgettable Evening, held the night after the Oscars. The Aussie actress was honored by the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Women's Cancer Research Fund. "I would never be too tired to come out for this," says Kidman, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor.
Kidman schmoozes with director Steven Spielberg, also an honorary chair.
The dynamic duo—Michael Douglas and blue belle Catherine Zeta-Jones—dazzle the star-studded crowd.
Christina Aguilera, who performed at the gala, strikes a pose with Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, honorary chairs of the event, which raised $1.8 million for women's cancer research.