Assuming the camera don’t lie, George Clooney and Stacy Keibler are still going strong. They were snapped leaving Dan Tana’s Italian Restaurant in Los Angeles last night, and Splash News reports that George blasted the awaiting paparazzi with an air horn hidden under his hat. He and Stacy appear to be laughing at the prank in the car in the pic above. And maybe they’re also laughing at rumors that her time with George will come to an end once the Oscars are over and she’s no longer needed to be his red carpet arm candy.
We’re not sure what to make of the theory that they’re faking it for the cameras. On the one hand, the two do look great together in their awards-show finery, and the relationship has certainly upped her status. On the other, do two such beautiful, confident people really need to have a fake relationship for the cameras? Seems silly, when they could obviously win hearts for real. On the other, other hand (gossip is a many-limbed beast), they could have had a real thing for a while, but then when they eventually realized that they’re not right for each other, they didn’t want a breakup to distract from his Oscar campaign. God, that sounds even more cynical than the first hand.
It’s still early days for movie awards season — regular folks haven’t even seen most of the contenders yet — but the latest round of critics picks are telling us a little about what to expect. Today the National Board of Review awarded Hugo Best Film and its director, Martin Scorsese, Best Director.
The Descendants picked up a number of significant prizes from the NBR, including Best Actor for George Clooney, Best Supporting Actress for Shailene Woodley and Best Adapted Screenplay for Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.
Two of Shailene’s biggest competitors for next-big-thing status, Like Crazy’s Felicity Jones and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara, were awarded the Best Breakthrough prize. Michael Fassbender got the Spotlight Award, which we can only assume goes to the person who has bestowed his hotness upon the most movies this year (and oh man, we just caught a screener of him in one more to come, Haywire … yum).
See the rest of the winners (Tilda Swinton, Harry Potter, The Help) on the National Board of Review site.
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Ever since The Descendants hit the film festival circuit this summer, people have been talking about the breakout performance of Shailene Woodley and how she’ll likely be a Supporting Actress Oscar contender this year. Fans of ABC Family’s Secret Life of the American Teenager were way ahead of the game in recognizing the 20-year-old actress’ talent. But after seeing her portray George Clooney‘s daughter as they prepare to take her mother off of life support and search for said mother’s boyfriend on the side, the rest of us will be getting onboard. Believe the hype, people.
“I saw a couple hundred girls for that part and she’s the only one who came close, in my opinion,” Descendants director Alexander Payne told TheFABlife. “I didn’t have an also ran. … She just came in and knocked my socks off. My mental model had been a young Debra Winger — that look, that fire and vulnerability in her eyes. I didn’t find Debra Winger, I found this gal. She has her own version of that package of fire and vulnerability. She’s going places. And she’s nice as pie.”
The feeling is mutual, apparently. “The set was so phenomenal, and I think it all goes to Alexander,” Shailene said. “He’s such a happy, phenomenal human being on this planet. And then George, obviously, who was never in his trailer, and always on set and never did makeup and no personal trainer. Was just the coolest, most down to earth guy you could ever imagine and I think it was those two that really created such a happy atmosphere. … It was a bunch of artists coming to work every day. Everyone came to set with the same mindset of gratitude.”