One of the most talked about happenings of Hollywood this past year has been George Clooney – formerly Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor – tying the knot with British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in September.
Talk of the couple was all the rage this fall, from speculations on their private wedding to Barbara Walters’ strange fascination with Amal. Then again, when you’re George Clooney, you’re never far from the limelight.
As soon as the celebrity couple reached the red carpet at last night’s 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, the events of the night took a strange turn, making the gala all about the Clooneys.
While interviewing the couple during the red carpet ceremony, the ever-peppy Ryan Seacrest unveiled a T-shirt featuring bride and groom stick figures with the words “Game Over” – clearly a jest referring to how George is now off the market. Seacrest called the T-shirt a ‘wedding gift’ for the Clooneys, and then the entire camera crew revealed that they were wearing them, too. George was able to give a polite laugh, but Amal seemed completely unimpressed, a fact which did not go without notice in the Twitterverse.
this game over t-shirt thing…so disrespectful? and gross? and not funny? #goldenglobes
— Zeba Blay (@zblay) January 12, 2015
Later, while speaking with Seacrest’s fellow E! presenter Giuliana Rancic, the Clooney’s were invited to take a shot of George’s brand of tequila, Casamigos. Both Clooneys declined, but that didn’t stop Rancic from gulping down the drink alone. Trash is trash, especially on the red carpet!
Awkward interviews aside, George and his wife still stunned, he in the tux he wore to his wedding and she in a timeless black Dior gown with elbow-length gloves she apparently sewed herself (they were okay…) Although she may first and foremost be his soulmate, Amal – who seemed quite shy and rarely smiled on camera throughout the night – was the perfect arm candy for George. Perhaps to be more fair, they were the perfect arm candy for each other.
The 53-year-old actor was honored later in the night as the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and named for its first winner in 1952. The award marks “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment,” landing George among the ranks of untouchable Hollywood icons like Walt Disney, Judy Garland, Jimmy Stewart, Bette Davis, and dozens of others.
At the beginning of the Awards ceremony, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made a perfectly ironic joke about the award that, while cleverly disguised as humor, was also rich in feminist commentary. They jested,
“George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an adviser to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.”
Boom – roasted. The audience positively roared with laughter and approval.
When the time did come for Clooney to accept his award, his tear-jerking acceptance was heartfelt and sincere. He did not shy away from mentioning the Sony hacks, which we knew he was passionate about, nor did he fail to win over the entire room. Regarding his wife, he said,
It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love. Even better if you’ve been waiting your whole life [….] Amal, whatever alchemy it is that brought us together, I couldn’t be more proud to be your husband.
You can watch his speech below.
George and wife Amal were subject to praise at the Awards, but they weren’t safe from the banter either! Read here