AFI Awards Leave Honorees Speechless

Perhaps it was fitting that the AFI Awards lunch was a sausage-fest. The no-pressure event is, well, no-frills. No uncomfortable tuxes, no heavy golden statues to tote around for the entire evening, and no speeches to stress over. Free food and business casual attire — sounds like my kind of event!

George Clooney, honored for “Michael Clayton,” used cocktailing to his advantage, furthering his solution to the WGA strike. He wants to use his connections to bring together “people who know each other” from each side.

“The secret is to get these people in a room together … so they don’t poop in each other’s hats,” he said.

I love the imagery, but you mean to tell me I have to wait weeks now, probably months, to get a good fix of Grey’s, and these feuding people haven’t even been in the same room to work out the strike?

Maybe he has an idea. Instead of continuing to go to the table, these people just need an open bar and plenty of cocktails. Cocktails always solve my problems — or at least make them more entertaining!

Films honored include “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “Into the Wild,” “Juno,” “Knocked Up,” “Michael Clayton,” “No Country For Old Men,” “Ratatouille,” “The Savages” and “There Will Be Blood.”

Honored TV programs were “Dexter,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Longford,” “Mad Men,” “Pushing Daisies,” “The Sopranos,” “Tell Me You Love Me,” “30 Rock” and “Ugly Betty.”

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12 more photos from the AFI Awards in which George Clooney, Kyle Chandler, Zac Gilford, Adrianne Palicki, Connie Britton, Christopher Gorham, Julian Schnabel, Jonah Hill, Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Anna Friel, Javier Bardem, Ellen Greene, Jack McBrayer, Jesse Plemons, J.K. Simmons, Jason Bateman, Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson attended are after the jump.

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