Diane Keaton at the WHCA dinner. (Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg)

“I saw Colin Powell — he actually hugged me! He hugged me. Colin Powell!”

Diane Keaton recapping the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner for Matt Lauer on “Today” Monday morning: “Oh my god, it’s just, it’s an astonishing event,” said the evening’s most grateful and gracious guest. “It’s better than anything. Better than the Academy Awards, better than all of that.”

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View Photo Gallery: The Academy Award-winning actress wore a white striped suit to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, a nod to her signature menswear styles that she first perfected in “Annie Hall.”

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(Diane Keaton on “Today”)