Hier gets long-distance congrats

GOOD MORNING after: The impressive, global reach of the Oscars was even more evident Tuesday morning when a congratulatory fax from “The private office of his Majesty the King (Hussein)” arrived at the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Rabbi Marvin Hier, producer (along with Robert Trank) of the Oscar-winning docu feature “The Long Way Home” was congratulated “for a serious documentary film that undoubtedly embodies the very heart and soul of much of your life’s work.” … Meanwhile, back in L.A., Gloria Stuart laughingly said “Titanic” producer Jon Landau told her of a movie he’s planning about ladies of the evening. “I’m too old to play a whore,” Stuart said, “but, I could play a madam!” Stuart is still up from the nomination, not down from the loss to Kim Basinger. She said, “I love being back on the scene. 20th has assigned someone to help with the (hundreds of letters of) fan mail and I’ve received several scripts — two very good. And offers from agents to represent me!” At the Academy’s Board of Governors Ball (adjacent to the Shrine auditorium), Stuart was thrilled when Shirley Temple came over to talk about the two films in which they worked together, “Poor Little Rich Girl” and “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm”. … It was out into the night from the Ball and into gridlock city — where it took an hour to get close to the Vanity Fair party at Morton’s, which was a focal point for celebs during and after the Awards. It was a miracle that Chuck Pick’s parking brigade could get cars in-out-and-back to the revolving cast of celebs. Billy Crystal spotted Michael Caine and apologized for his reference to Linda Tripp looking like Caine in “Dressed To Kill”; Caine assured him he loved the comparison. Caine continued on from the Vanity Fair party to the Weinsteins’ bash at the BevHills Hotel. He stars in their “Rise And Fall of Little Voice”. … At the Vanity Fair party Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche were celebrating their first anni — they met at Graydon Carter’s celebration there last year. Heche and DeGeneres left no doubt about their feelings on this anniversary night. … Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were having a grand time introducing their respective moms to the creme de la creme of showbiz. The young screenwriting Oscar winners earlier delighted in introducing their moms to the fans in the stands when I brought them all up on my platform at the red carpet. … Everyone, young and old-er, was savoring the excitement of the 70th Oscars. It was Danette Herman who gathered the amazing company of presenters and past winners for the anniversary show. Warren Beatty encouraged a reticent Julie Christie to join the group of past winners onstage. Beatty, too, joined the mob at Morton’s after the awards. as did Luise Rainer, escorted by Roddy McDowall.

THE ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION netted $250,000 at its sixth annual Oscar night benefit (sponsored by In Style mag) at the new Spago on Canon Drive. The site was even busier than Robertson near Morton’s — from little Santa Monica Blvd., where Paramount and 20th Fox held their party in a titanic-sized tent, down to Wilshire and the Spago bash. Jim Cameron and wife Linda Hamilton as well as Jon Landau led the “Titanic” celebrants, but the Camerons also made their way south to the Elton John party. Elton presented two Harry Winston watches (valued at $22,500) to winners of Oscar predictions. And Elton presented Barbara Lazaroff and In Style editor Martha Nelson with “Elton’s Angels” from Lalique. (Wolfgang Puck was doing double duty with his fancy fare at the Shrine pre-and post awards). Guests arriving at Spago from the Shrine included Michael Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, newlywed Sharon Stone, Jon Bon Jovi, Faye Dunaway, etc. Tuesday, Elton winged back to Australia to resume his overseas tour with Billy Joel. … At the Miramax party in the overflowing Polo Lounge of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Robin Williams continued to delight the guests with his inimitably joyous reflections on Oscar — like his imitation of Judi Dench as “Mrs. Brown.” Dame Judi was there well as Amy Irving and director Bruno Barreto, winner Helen Hunt and Hank Azaria, Helena Bonham Carter, Minnie Driver, Neve Campbell, Robert De Niro and Robert Forster It was a night of musical party-going.

IT WAS INEVITABLE: Mike van Diem, director of foreign-language film winner “Character,” and producer Laurens Geels and party were en route to the Sony party at (old) Chasen’s but their driver took them to the new Chasen’s on busy Canon Drive (where fire marshals had by then closed down the “Titanic” Par-20th bash!) The “Character” group soon found out the error, but their limo had broken down. A diner at the (new) eatery noted them standing on the sidewalk — holding the gold statuette — and gave ’em a lift to the real Sony party! … Looking ahead to the Tonys, June 7: The party this year in L.A. will be held at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, sponsored by the Actors Fund of America and Aid for AIDS. It will feature a live-feed b’cast from the N.Y. ceremonies. Gwen Verdon is honored this year with the Julie (Harris) award.

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