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Golden Globes: George Clooney on Jane Fonda and 'struggling actor' Ryan Gosling

January 15, 2012 |  8:46 pm

George Clooney

Beyond taking home a Golden Globe for his performance in Alexander Payne's Hawaii-set film "The Descendants," George Clooney was bowled over by a couple of other things at the 69th awards show Sunday night. First, there was Sidney Poitier's entrance, which earned the legendary actor what Clooney described as a "very emotional and very heartfelt" standing ovation. The other moment was a bit less, uh, substantive: "Jane Fonda in that dress. My God," he told reporters backstage. "She looked great, didn't she?"

Not that Clooney's girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, looked half bad herself. She stood on the side of the press room while Clooney was on stage, snapping pictures of her beau with her Blackberry.

It was a good night for the actor, whose film "The Descendants" was also named the best drama of the year. He said he believes the film has resonated because "it's a coming-of-age film for a 50-year-old. I think a lot of us have dealt with people like that."

The actor was also nominated for his work as a director on the political drama "The Ides of March" but lost out in that category to "Hugo" filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Despite the loss, he insisted the acknowledgement reminded him of why he makes films. "I know in 1976 there was 'Taxi Driver' and 'All the President's Men' and 'Network' and 'Bound for Glory,' and 'Rocky' won best picture," he said. "But I remember all five of those movies, so I'm a big believer in film."

It remains to be seen if "Ides" will stand the test of time, though its star, Ryan Gosling, missing Sunday night was certainly memorable for some disgruntled viewers. 

"He's in Thailand," Clooney said of Gosling. "And you know what you do in Thailand. He's working. He wrote me a nice email this morning. It happens. He's gotta work. He's a struggling actor."


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Photo: George Clooney. Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images.

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