AFI Awards Leave Honorees Speechless

January 12th, 2008 // 4 Comments

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.”

Photos: Getty Images

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.

(Hint: right-click with your mouse to open the thumbnails up in a new window or tab.)

Photos: Getty Images

By Intern Traci

  1. Adelaide Sheridan

    Intern Traci, you need to take it easy on the comma. Make the semi-colon and parenthesis your friend, because this is a mess.

  2. ely

    to see more on Clooney ( bio, cool pics, gossip and more )

  3. tea Rex

    Great Job intern Traci! Your style brings a fresh perspective. I’m enjoying your debut.

  4. Reportedly, George Clooney has been invited to online talk show this weekend on a big site called or something else. Some of his fans have gotten together there with waiting for him. Who knows his screen name on that site?

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