LATEST: OSCAR nominee Nicolas Cage is upset with reports he's dating a 23-year-old violinist, and planning to take her to the Academy Awards on Sunday (23MAR03).

A British tabloid reported the romance with Hilary Hahn, but Cage is insistent he'll be attending the Oscars alone.

And he's also keen to point out that he isn't dating the violinist.

He says, "Hilary is a friend of mine. I have tremendous respect for her as an artist, however there is no romantic involvement between us."