George Clooney reveals his favorite films this year
George Clooney is a busy man. Last month he starred alongside Ryan Gosling in the political drama "The Ides of March," on which he pulled triple-duty behind the camera by directing, producing and co-writing. Clooney's new film "The Descendants," a family drama in which he plays an indifferent father whose wife falls into a coma, opens Wednesday in Los Angeles and New York.
With two films gunning for awards this season, it's a wonder Clooney finds the time to keep up with the work of his peers. But somehow he manages. The actor-director recently told our colleagues at The Envelope whose work has impressed him recently:
"Jean Dujardin [in 'The Artist']. Because it's not just the style of the film, it's that his performance was so elegant and fun. He just jumps off the screen, and he's so good, and I thought that was a spectacular performance.
"You know what [else] I just saw that I really liked — I thought I'd like it anyway because they're all friends of mine — but I really liked 'Moneyball.' You know I'm still a baseball nut. It's really good. Brad [Pitt] is one of those actors that I think is always sort of underestimated … and the truth is he's really good in that movie."
Audiences will have to wait until Nov. 25 to see if they agree with Clooney's appraisal of Dujardin in "The Artist," a unique black-and-white silent film set in 1920s and '30s Hollywood. In the meantime, let us know what you thought of Pitt and "Moneyball" — and any other actors or films that have caught your attention this year — in the comments below.
-- Oliver Gettell
Photo: George Clooney in "The Ides of March." Credit: Saeed Adyani / Columbia Pictures