JULIA ROBERTS sparked a flurry of whispers at Sunday night's OSCARS (23MAR03) - when she came face-to-face with ex-boyfriend Daniel Day-Lewis for the first time since their split.

After the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, Roberts attended the Governors Ball at the Kodak Theatre's ballroom - without her cameraman husband DANNY MODER.

According to eyewitnesses, during her dash to the back of the ball, the Oscar-winning actress paused briefly by the Miramax table where Day-Lewis was dining with his wife Rebecca Miller and the film studio's boss BOB WEINSTEIN.

But, according to the LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS, Day-Lewis - who is said to have dumped Roberts in the midst of their relationship when she was a lesser-known actress - dismayed onlookers when he didn't even look up from his meal to greet Roberts.