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HOLLYWOOD There was something for everyone at Hollywood's Oscar night parties March 23 -- even the Beverly Hills fire brigade.

True to form, the yellow-helmeted types were called to 439 Canon well before midnight to quench the Fox-Paramount "Titanic" party, which was threatening to get as bloated as the film's production budget.

While most celebs were not kept waiting -- pop singer Celine Dion being one of a number of exceptions -- common folk had to linger outside until the fuss died down at around 1 a.m.

"Titanic" writer-producer-director James Cameron, producer Jon Landau and co-star Billy Zane were all in evidence. Media moguls Sumner Redstone and Rupert Murdoch both put in appearances, as did Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman Bill Mechanic and Paramount Pictures chairman Sherry Lansing.

However, due to the strict regulations of the city of Beverly Hills, the tented festivities were unceremoniously closed at 1:30 a.m.

Given the 45-minute overrun of the awards ceremony, many revelers had only a few hours left in them.

Some trundled down the road to Sony's "As Good as It Gets" bash at Chasen's (the celebrated Hollywood restaurant is now open only for private functions). Among those present were "As Good as It Gets" best actor Oscar winner Jack Nicholson nominee Greg Kinnear and director/co-writer James L. Brooks, as well as Sean Connery, CNN's Larry King and Col TriStar Motion Picture Group prexy Ken Lemberger.

Many guests headed to the back end of the venerable eatery, where champagne, cigar smoke and toasts to Nicholson and best actress winner Helen Hunt flowed freely.

A few blocks away, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon -- winners for best original screenplay -- were being feted at the Vanity Fair party at Morton's. Other celebs visible at Vanity Fair were Warren Beatty, Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, Robert Duvall, Demi Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, Mike Myers and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The nominally "private" Miramax supper party at the Beverly Hills Hotel's Polo Lounge turned out to have a celeb contingent all its own.

Spied on the patio were helmers Spike Lee (a nominee for docu feature) and Joel Coen, Hunt and a cross-section from "Good Will Hunting," including Damon, Affleck, Minnie Driver, Stellan Skarsgard, director Gus Van Sant, producer Lawrence Bender and co-producer Chris Moore.

Miramax reps included co-chairman Harvey Weinstein and chairman of worldwide distribution Rick Sands.

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Title Annotation:Academy Awards parties Mar 23, 1998
Author:Carver, Benedict
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Mar 30, 1998
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