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George Clooney, but no Ryan Gosling, at Golden Globes

January 15, 2012 |  5:44 pm

George Clooney had two films up for multiple Golden Globe awards -- with four personal nominations -- but he didn't seem to feel any pressure Sunday for "The Descendants" and "The Ides of March." With a wry smile, he told reporters on the red carpet, "This [awards ceremony] is a fun one because everybody gets a little hammered, so by the time you get to speeches, if you screw up, it's fine." Indeed, host Ricky Gervais described the event as "a little bit drunker" than its more prestigious counterpart, the Oscars.

Clooney had his girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, by his side, but "Ides" costar Ryan Gosling was nowhere to be seen, as his shooting schedule apparently kept him away from the night's awards frenzy in Beverly Hills. Clooney said: "It's too bad he's not here. I wish he was. But if he showed up he might just be too good-looking to handle."

Clooney stayed true to his playful self-deprecation when a BBC reporter told him everyone's saying that he's the front-runner in the best actor (drama) category for "The Descendants." "No, you say that. When Brad comes by, you're going to say he's the front-runner!" he joked.


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Photo: George Clooney with girlfriend Stacy Keibler at the Golden Globes. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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