Date: 26th March 2001
Oscar winning actor RUSSELL CROWE set tongues wagging at last night's (25MAR01) Academy Award ceremony - by kissing a mystery blonde on the lips as he celebrated his win.
The New Zealand hunk, who famously dated his co-star MEG RYAN up until last Christmas (00), appears to be back on fine form, romancing another blonde beauty.
Crowe grasped onto his mystery guest's hand as he was announced as the winner of the BEST ACTOR Oscar, and having hugged his co- star JOAQUIN PHOENIX, Crowe stopped to give his blonde companion a kiss on the lips before taking to the stage.
Earlier in the ceremony, host STEVE MARTIN had alluded to Crowe's womanising ways and the actor had looked steely faced. (SVD/WN/PDD)