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George Clooney and Viola Davis: The cover shoot

Go behind the scenes with the likely Oscar nominees from ”The Descendants” and ”The Help”

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For this week’s cover, photographer Sam Jones re-created the golden age of Hollywood on the Warner Bros. lot with old-time music and period outfits for subjects George Clooney and Viola Davis. Clooney was in high spirits on the set, joking with the faux-paparazzi crew and accepting an impromptu dance lesson from Jones’ mother, Charle. ”George and Viola were great,” says EW photo editor Richard Maltz. ”They both seemed to have fun pretending to walk down the red carpet.”

George Clooney and Viola Davis photographed exclusively for EW by Sam Jones on Dec. 6, 2011, in Los Angeles