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The Hills Were Alive

Oscar Parties -- Get the lowdown on the night's hottest bashes, including The Governors Ball, Denzel's Dance Party, and Swifty's Last Stand

When the curtain goes down at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Oscar Night kicks into high gear. This year's post-awards festivities featured charity events, another bash hosted by Irving ''Swifty'' Lazar, who's now 86, and plenty of party-hearty celebs who managed to be here, there, and everywhere.

BENEFIT FOR EL RESCATE

Locale: Mondrian Hotel on the Sunset Strip
Guest List: Hollywood's most noted activists, including Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, and Jackson Browne
Most Unlikely Attendee: Rodney Dangerfield, with a really dishy blond on his arm
Best Distraction: Trying to decide if a certain very attractive blond was doing a Jaye Davidson after (a) hearing she'd been in a stage revue, ''It's a Man's Man's Man's Man's World,'' (b) hearing her say she ''was ahead of the Game a long time ago,'' and (c) contemplating the shape of her ankles and legs
Best Comment: Robbins explaining his and Sarandon's plea for HIV-positive Haitian refugees: ''Just because there's a Democrat in the White House doesn't mean people can relax.''

WOMEN IN FILM

Locale: The Biltmore Hotel
Guest List: Marisa Tomei, Anthony Hopkins, Betty Friedan, Kathy Bates, Diane Ladd, Lukas Haas, Sean Young, Rita Moreno, Donald O'Connor
Most Unlikely Attendee: Ike Turner, who, when cornered by reporters, answered questions about wife abuse
Best Distraction: Watching partygoers participate in a benefit auction that included items like a Lady Americana mattress and a Club Med vacation
Overheard: A Philadelphia radio-show host attended for the sole purpose of ''meeting a rich man.''

THE GOVERNORS BALL

Locale: Adjacent to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Guest List: Richard Gere, Cindy Crawford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jaye Davidson, Sharon Stone, Stephen Rea, Billy Crystal, Marisa Tomei, Gene Hackman, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Elizabeth Taylor, Anthony Hopkins, Clint Eastwood
Food for Thought: California cuisine that was a parody of itself — cinnamon-grilled chicken and vegetable columns Most Intriguing Entrance: Davidson and Stone, who walked in exchanging pleasantries
Most Awkward Seating Plan: Oscar winner Emma Thompson, her statue proudly perched next to her dinner plate, sitting directly across from a dour-looking Catherine Deneuve
Most Conspicuous Couple: Barbra Streisand and Peter Weller and their entourage
Best Overheard Comment: ''We were stuck in the major nosebleed section,'' said one player, clutching a portable phone.

ELTON JOHN AIDS BENEFIT

Locale: Maple Drive, chic Beverly Hills eatery
Guest List: Elton John, Marisa Tomei, Sharon Stone, Billy Baldwin with Chynna Phillips, Sarah Jessica Parker with Matthew Broderick.
Food for Thought: Caviar pastry puffs served on banana leaves
Most Unlikely Attendees: Saturday Night Live stars Chris Rock, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, and David Spade, who all looked out of place among this no-smoking, Pellegrino-drinking crowd
Best Comment: Stone to publicist: ''Who are these people? Make them stop nagging me.''

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