George Clooney: Cecil B. deMille Recipient 2015

by Jenny Cooney September 15, 2014

HFPA

The Cecil B. deMille award is given each year by the Hollywood Foreign Press to an individual of demontstrated outstanding achievement in film and television entertainment. This year’s honoree is thirteen-time Golden Globe nominee George Clooney. Actor, writer, producer, director, activist, practical joker and former Sexiest Man Alive, the 2015 Cecil B. deMille Golden Globe Award recipient, George Clooney, is someone who cannot be pigeonholed. After appearing in 15 unsold TV pilots and a stream of small recurring roles in TV series including: The Facts of Life (1985-87), Roseanne (1988-91) and Sisters (1993), the young Clooney was also someone who could not be discouraged from having the career of his dreams. So he was ready for his hard-earned leading man status when his big break came in the 1994 hit medical drama ER. This led to films including: Out of Sight (1998), The Thin Red Line (1998), Three Kings (1999), The Perfect Storm (2000) and O Brother Where Art Thou?, which earned him his first Golden Globe in 2000 for Best Comedy Actor. The charming, self-deprecating actor has been nominated for a staggering thirteen Golden Globe awards during his three-decade career. He won his second Golden Globe award (and first Academy Award) for his supporting role in the 2006 political drama Syriana and his third Golden Globe award for Best Drama Actor in The Descendants (2011). He was also Golden Globe award-nominated for his critically acclaimed performances in: Michael Clayton (2008) and Up in the Air (2010). Equally talented behind the camera, the gifted filmmaker won a Golden Globe and Academy Award in 2013 as co-producer of the Best Picture winner, Argo and he has written and directed three films: Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), The Ides of March (2011) and The Monuments Men (2013) as well as directing two more; Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) and Leatherheads (2008). But what makes the Kentucky-born and raised son of TV news anchor and journalist Nick Clooney and nephew of famed singer and actress Rosemary Clooney really stand out is his determination to use his success to help others, including the fight to end the Darfur conflict. “I grew up in a family that was very socially conscious,” he told the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in one interview. “When you get to a place where you have too much attention, it’s great to be able to deflect it to the right places because otherwise that spotlight will really burn you up.” Despite his commitment to making the world a better place, Clooney never takes himself too seriously, as many of his friends including Matt Damon and Sandra Bullock will testify as targets of his notorious practical jokes. “There are actors who live in their dark characters for a long period of time and they’re wonderful actors but I was never one of them,” Clooney admits unapologetically in our interview. “When we’d do ER, we would do desperately awful scenes about someone dying and as soon as they yelled cut, you’d sit down on a whoopee cushion and everyone would be laughing! So my tendency has always been to try and make sure everyone is enjoying themselves on set.”

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