February 13, 2006 12:00 PM

Part of the victorious cast of Crash, THANDIE NEWTON was a style winner even before the show started, in a shimmering tulle Luisa Beccaria gown.

Nominated for her role as Det. Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU, a pregnant MARISKA HARGITAY chose Carolina Herrera.

“I’m a little surprised I was part of the group that won,” said Crash team player SANDRA BULLOCK, in an Angel Sanchez dress and Jimmy Choo shoes.

“I love the color,” said Grey’s Anatomy star ELLEN POMPEO of her Dior by John Galliano gown. “And the simplicity.”

HILARY SWANK, who separated from Chad Lowe last month, wore a gold Cartier band (but no wedding ring) and a “really comfortable” Giambattista Valli dress.

“It’s like a painting,” said Outstanding Female Actor nominee ZIYI ZHANG of her vintage Giorgio Armani silk-and-tulle gown.

LOS ANGELES, JAN. 28 Drew Barrymore and Will Ferrell hit the banana-themed after-party for the premiere of their animated kids’ movie Curious George. The man in the red shirt plays The Man in the Yellow Hat, and Barrymore is his love interest, Maggie.

CABO SAN LUCAS, JAN. 31 Penélope Cruz sports a teeny weeny yellow bikini, but Matthew McConaughey wears the polka dots at a seaside villa.

LONDON, JAN. 30 Ashlee Simpson rings in the first stop on her tour of the U.K., where she’s promoting her latest album, I Am Me.

MALIBU, JAN. 25 Puppy love for Jake Gyllenhaal and Sophia Bush (spotted at a dog park with his pets Atticus and Boo Radley)? No word from reps, but Bush has also been seen with Austin Nichols, Gyllenhaal’s Day After Tomorrow costar.

BEVERLY HILLS, JAN. 29 Sharon Stone has a swingin’ time with son Roan, 5, and her younger sister Kelly.

MALIBU, JAN. 28 The Matador star Pierce Brosnan and son Paris, 4, expand the flock with a new pet cockatiel.

SANTA MONICA, JAN. 26 Within days of returning from China, Meg Ryan (with an unidentified woman) shows adopted daughter Charlotte around her new hometown.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, JAN. 29 In her first public appearance since the birth of daughter Violet two months ago, Jennifer Garner hosted a fund-raiser for the I Have a Dream Foundation, which mentors underprivileged kids. She left the baby “in good hands,” said Garner. “She’s home with Dad.”

LOS ANGELES, JAN. 28 George Clooney (with Crash‘s Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) didn’t win at the Directors Guild of America Awards. But “I’m still going to direct,” said Clooney, “because the older you get, the more you have to direct.”

NEW YORK CITY, JAN. 28 Barry Manilow, who just released his CD The Greatest Songs of the Fifties, gets a thumbs-up at Famous Ben’s Pizza of SoHo.

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