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Academy Award® winner George Clooney has gone from actor to producer to executive producer to screenwriter to director.
The son of an anchorman, Clooney has also become a strong First Amendment advocate with a deep commitment to humanitarian causes.
In 2006, Clooney received three Academy Award® nominations: for Best Director, for Best Original Screenplay (Good Night, and Good Luck.) and for Best Supporting Actor (Syriana). It was the first time in Academy history that an individual received acting and directing nominations for two different films. Clooney won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar® and Golden Globe for Syriana, of which he was also an executive producer. He was also nominated for SAG, BAFTA and Critics Choice Awards.
One of the most critically acclaimed films of 2007 was Michael Clayton, for Warner Bros. Clooney’s performance earned him a Golden Globe and Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor.
In April of 2008, Clooney starred in Leatherheads, a romantic comedy he directed for Universal. It was the first film produced by Smokehouse, the production company Clooney formed with Grant Heslov. Next for Smokehouse Productions is The Men Who Stare at Goats directed by Heslov and starring Clooney as a former member of the U.S. Army’s First Earth Battalion.
Clooney’s most recent film was the Coen brothers’ Burn After Reading, which reunited him for the third time with the filmmakers. (He also worked with them on O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and Intolerable Cruelty.)
Upcoming for Clooney is 20th Century Fox’s animated feature Fantastic Mr. Fox, in which he voices the title character.
Heslov and Clooney worked together at Section Eight, a company in which Clooney was partnered with Steven Soderbergh. Section Eight produced many films, including Ocean’s 11, Ocean’s 12, Ocean’s 13, Michael Clayton, The Good German, Good Night, and Good Luck., Syriana, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Jacket, Full Frontal and Welcome to Collinwood.
In Section Eight’s television division, Clooney was an executive producer and directed five episodes of Unscripted, a reality-based show that debuted on HBO. He was executive producer and cameraman on K Street, also for HBOClooney made his directorial debut in 2002 with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, for Miramax, winning the Special Achievement in Film Award from the National Board of Review.
For his second directorial project, Good Night, and Good Luck., in 2005, in addition to Oscar® nominations for writing and directing, he also won the Paul Selvin Award from the Writers Guild of America and the Freedom Award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The film also earned Clooney nominations for two Golden Globes, two BAFTAs, a SAG Award, an Independent Spirit Award, two Critics Choice Awards, a WGA Award and a DGA Award. In 2006, he won the American Cinematheque Award and the Modern Master Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival.
Clooney received critical acclaim for the award-winning drama Three Kings (Warner Bros.) and the Oscar®-nominated Out of Sight (Universal). His other film credits include Solaris (Fox), The Peacemaker (DreamWorks), Batman & Robin (Warner Bros.), One Fine Day (20th Century Fox) and From Dusk Till Dawn (Miramax). He has starred in several television series but is best known to TV audiences for his five years on the hit NBC drama ER. His portrayal of Dr. Douglas Ross earned him Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, People’s Choice and Emmy nominations.
Clooney was executive producer and co-star of the live television broadcast of Fail Safe, an Emmy-winning telefilm developed through his Maysville Pictures. Fail Safe was nominated for a 2000 Golden Globe Award as Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. The film was based on the early 1960s novel of the same name.
In 2006, Clooney and his father, Nick, went to Darfur to film the documentary Journey to Darfur. His work on behalf on Darfur relief led to his addressing the United Nations Security Council. He also narrated the Darfur documentary Sand and Sorrow.
In 2007, Clooney, along with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Jerry Weintraub, co-founded Not On Our Watch, an organization whose mission is to focus global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities in Darfur.
Among the many honors received as a result of his humanitarian efforts in Darfur was the 2007 Peace Summit Award given at The 8th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates at their annual meeting in Rome. Among those presiding over the ceremonies were Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni, Lech Walesa, Mikhail Gorbachev and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. In 2008, Clooney was designated a U.N. Messenger of Peace. He was one of eight individuals chosen to advocate on behalf of the U.N. and its peacekeeping efforts.
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