updated 04/28/2009 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/28/2009 AT 10:00 AM ET
The night was billed as a salute to Tom Hanks, but it was Julia Roberts who stole the show.
“It’s late, and I’m paying my babysitter overtime, and I have to pee,” a harried Roberts announced at Monday’s 36th annual Film Society of Lincoln Center Gala Tribute, where the Philadelphia and Forrest Gump double Oscar winner was presented the new Chaplin Award. Keeping her tribute as brief as possible, Roberts told Hanks, “So, everybody f—ing likes you.”
Assessing his 2004 movie The Terminal, in which he played an Eastern European trapped in Immigration at J.F.K., Roberts said, “That movie about you and the airport and the accent was a pass for me. Airport? Were you just an immigrant lost? I didn’t know. I love you, but I didn t know and I’m wearing the same f—ing dress tonight as your publicist.”
For the record, it was a cream dress by Dolce & Gabbana.
Came his time at the podium, Hanks told the stellar crowd that Roberts has so much clout that the big story of the evening would be: “Julia Roberts wears same dress as publicist.” He also said the Erin Brockovich Oscar winner has “the biggest potty mouth you have ever heard.”
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For stargazers, the night was a dream come true, with many famous friends and colleagues roasting Hanks: The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons director Ron Howard, Castaway and Gump director Robert Zemeckis, Saving Private Ryan director Steven Spielberg, Charlie Wilson’s War director Mike Nichols, Gump costar (she played his mom) Sally Field, Charlize Theron (who has often said in interviews that Hanks was her first onscreen crush) – and Philadelphia Best Song Oscar winner Bruce Springsteen, who sang accompanied by his wife, Patti Scialfa, whom he bussed onstage.
Springsteen also quipped that he and Hanks had met in the men’s room of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where they apparently were “comparing the size of our Oscars.”
“If you measure them,” said Springsteen, “some are a little bigger. He has two.”
Reporting by JEFFREY SLONIM