Hollywood hunk Tom Cruise was the first person to congratulate his ex-wife on her Best Actress OSCAR triumph.

The MINORITY REPORT star called Nicole - who won the coveted award for her performance in THE HOURS - the moment she switched her mobile phone on after the Sunday night (23MAR03) ceremony.

The Australian beauty was reportedly stunned and close to tears upon hearing his voice.

Cruise, who is now dating Spanish babe Penelope Cruz, made the call from the set of his latest movie THE LAST SAMURI in New Zealand.

According to Britain's The Sun tabloid, an ecstatic Cruise told Nicole, "Congratulations on your amazing achievement. You are wonderful in this film and fully deserve this award. Have a fantastic evening."