Matt LeBlanc: Danny Feld/NBC
Gary Susman
March 03, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

20/20 HINDSIGHT Sunday saw Matt LeBlanc serving as an unlikely object of attention for Barbara Walters during her annual Oscar-night interview special. (Remember his Academy Award nomination last year for Best Actress in ”All the Queen’s Men”? Neither do we.) LeBlanc offered the ABC newswoman the usual boilerplate about ”Friends”’ meteoric success (”It really has changed my life,” he said), his million-dollar salary, and the emotional taping of the finale. He also expanded on an anecdote he’d recounted earlier in the week to Entertainment Weekly, about how his ”Friends” fame had earned him a fan in the White House. ”I was in the Oval Office for a little while,” he told Walters, ”with President Clinton and my mom, kind of shooting the breeze for an hour.” (We can just imagine the former president checking out Joey’s mom and saying, ”How you doin’?”) As for how he and Joey are alike, LeBlanc said: ”It’s inevitable, 10 years playing the same guy kind of blurred [us] into each other a bit. We have a similar sense of humor. I’m very family oriented and he’s the same way.” Hmm, we wouldn’t have described Joey as family-oriented, at least not until he started crushing on Rachel. Maybe that’s why LeBlanc will reportedly include Joey’s sister and nephew as characters in the ”Joey” spinoff.

CHANDLER PAVILION It’s an honor just to be nominated, but even if you’re not, Oscar week can mean a grueling circuit of parties and benefits. Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox were among the attendees and host committee members of the ”Night Before” fundraiser for the Motion Picture & Television Fund, held Saturday night at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Sunday night after the Oscars, Matthew Perry turned up at the annual Vanity Fair party, where he told reporters he’d been rooting for Bill Murray to win Best Actor for ”Lost in Translation.” ”We comedic actors stick together, so I was disappointed for him,” Perry said. Even the night after the Oscars had a fete, a party honoring Nicole Kidman for her work for the Women’s Cancer Research Fund. TV’s ”Extra” cornered Lisa Kudrow there and asked her what she and her castmates would be doing on May 6, the night the series finale airs. ”We’ll all be together at some kind of an event,” Kudrow said. At least it won’t be the kind of event where they have to remember to thank their agents.

‘GOOD’ SPORT On Saturday, at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Aniston presented the Best Screenplay award alongside her ”Good Girl” costar and screenwriter Mike White, who won the prize last year for that film. He made a point of ribbing her for the fact that she didn’t win (she lost to ”Far From Heaven”’s Julianne Moore). ”Remember how I thought you were going to totally win and then you totally lost?” he said. ”And remember how I sat across from you all night with my award, but you didn’t have one? I felt really bad.” Aniston appeared to take it in stride, even when White announced a plan to make it up to her by writing her a Bad Girl role, an award-worthy ”Monster”-like character he described enthusiastically as a ”lesbian pedophile hooked on smack.” Clear a spot on your mantel now, Jennifer.

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