Julia: Hats off to Benjamin

05/06/1998 at 12:00 AM EDT

While an impressive room full of celebrities was busy paying homage to Julia Roberts in New York Saturday night at the 16th Annual American Museum of the Moving Image gala in her honor, Roberts was busy paying homage to her boyfriend Benjamin Bratt, 37, reports PEOPLE. Getting praise from A-listers including George Clooney, Rupert Everett, James Gandolfini, Hilary Swank, Diane Sawyer and Susan Sarandon was all well and good for Roberts, 33, who is up for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in "Erin Brockovich," but it was Bratt, her boyfriend of more than three years, who really seemed to move her the most. "Benjamin Bratt . . . really just is my touchstone. He is the best reason to go home that I can think of. The nicest thing about a night like this is that it means I get to take a long, extended vacation. So you plan it, honey, and I'll be there." Roberts, dressed in Calvin Klein, also singled out her sister, Lisa, as "just like an angel," and her longtime friend, former agent and current producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas. As far as Oscar night goes, Roberts said she wasn't willing to speculate on her chances of taking home the big award, saying, "Whatever happens, I'm just trying to have fun, day to day, with what comes my way." But last year's Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank, who forgot to thank her husband, Chad Lowe, during her acceptance speech, did have a little advice for Roberts: "Just remember to breathe and to thank Benjamin."

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