Best Actor - Drama winner George Clooney: Golden Globes
George Clooney won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for his performance in Alexander Payne's The Descendants, playing opposite Best Supporting Actress nominee Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, and veteran Beau Bridges.
In the above photo, Clooney poses backstage in the press room with his Golden Globe statuette at the 2012 ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Jan. 15.
'The Ides of March' shut out
George Clooney has been nominated for a total of 13 Golden Globes in various categories, in both the motion picture and television arenas. Prior to The Descendants, Clooney's only victory was as a Best Supporting Actor for Stephen Gaghan's political thriller Syriana, featuring Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Amanda Peet, and this year's Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe winner, Christopher Plummer. (Plummer took home the Golden Globe for playing Ewan McGregor's gay father in Mike Mills' Beginners).
At this year's ceremony, Clooney was also in the running in the Best Director and Best Screenplay categories for The Ides of March, a political drama in which he also starred opposite double nominee Ryan Gosling. (Gosling was in contention for The Ides of March and, in the Best Actor - Comedy or Musical category, for Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's Crazy, Stupid, Love.)*
Additionally, The Ides of March was a Best Picture - Drama nominee. The film, however, ended up not winning a single award. Clooney lost the screenwriting Golden Globe to Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris. Martin Scorsese was voted Best Director for Hugo. And of course, Clooney himself beat The Ides of March star Ryan Gosling in the Best Actor - Drama category.
Best Actor - Drama nominees
Besides Gosling, George Clooney's competition in the Best Actor - Drama category consisted of:
- Leonardo DiCaprio for playing J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood's political drama J. Edgar.
- Michael Fassbender (the target of Clooney's risqué penis joke) for Steve McQueen's sex drama Shame.
- Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller's baseball drama Moneyball.
2012 Golden Globes presenters
George Clooney was also a presenter at the Golden Globes ceremony. His fellow presenters included:
- The Hours actress Nicole Kidman.
- Black Swan actress Mila Kunis.
- Oscar winner Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Defiant Ones, The Bedford Incident, Paris Blues).
- Two and a Half Men actor Ashton Kutcher.
- Singer/actor Adam Levine.
- The Breakfast Club actor Rob Lowe.
- Bridesmaids actress Melissa McCarthy.
- The House Bunny actress Katharine McPhee.
- Children of Men actor Clive Owen.
- The Fabulous Baker Boys actress Michelle Pfeiffer.
- Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto.
- The Fighter actor Mark Wahlberg.
- Water for Elephants actress Reese Witherspoon – whose This Means War, directed by McG, and featuring Star Trek's Chris Pine and The Dark Knight Rises' Tom Hardy, opens in February.
* A previous version of this post had erroneously stated that Ryan Gosling had been shortlisted in the Best Actor - Drama category for his work in Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller Drive.
Best Actor - Drama Golden Globe winner George Clooney photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA
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