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Oscar made love, not war, Sunday night. The Elizabethan romantic fantasy “Shakespeare in Love” scored a major upset over Steven Spielberg’s WWII drama “Saving Private Ryan,” which had been the favored winner. “Shakespeare” took home seven gold statuettes — including those for Best Picture, Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Supporting Actress (Dame Judi Dench) — and “Ryan” five (including one for Best Director to Steven Spielberg). Roberto Begnini’s “Life Is Beautiful” won three Oscars: for Best Foreign Film, Best Actor (Begnini) and for Musical Score. Accepting his first Oscar, Begnini climbed on seats in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, finally stepping into the aisle after shaking hands with Spielberg. The ceremony itself was the longest on record, four hours two minutes. For a complete list of Oscar winners, click here.

  • The party to attend after the show was the Vanity Fair magazine soiree at Morton’s, in West Hollywood. Gwyneth Paltrow was but one belle of the ball, which attracted hundreds of guests, including nearly all the winners and presenters from the ceremony. The other belle was Monica Lewinsky, though she politely declined to answer reporters’ questions, saying, “I really feel this is Hollywood’s night.” “The Practice” TV star Camryn Manheim snagged Monica’s autograph, as well as those from Madonna, Ellen Barkin and Roberto Begnini — even though she confessed she couldn’t read some of them.
  • In a very wet and rainy New York, Oscar parties abounded, too. Entertainment Weekly magazine’s gathering at Elaine’s brought out former Oscar-winners Kevin Spacey and Tatum O’Neal, as well as Matt Lauer and his wife Annette, Linda Fiorentino and Forrest Sawyer. The Waldorf-Astoria was home to the Academy’s East Coast members’ bash, while wheeler-dealer Michael Fuchs hosted his annual Oscar shindig in his Greenwich Village penthouse. Among the attendees there were Tom Brokaw (who admitted about “The Truman Show”: “I really loved that movie”) and wife Meredith, director Robert Altman, John Leguizamo, Robert Klein and singer Lainie Kazan, who is no relation to Elia — though she broke into a wide grin when Robin Williams referred to her in a joke about the controversial honoree Sunday night (director Elia Kazan had named names during the McCarthy era).
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