When accepting his Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes Sunday, George Clooney made fun of his Monuments Men reviews, discussed marriage to Amal Clooney (née Alamuddin), and closed with remarks about Charlie Hebdo.
Clooney was introduced by Julianna Margulies, his E.R. co-star, and Don Cheadle, his Ocean’s movies co-star, who competed over which one was a better F.O.G. (that’s “friend of George”). “Has he ever asked you to tour a disaster area with him?” Margulies asked. “Yeah, I went to set of Monuments Men,” Cheadle said—before insisting that he did not write that joke himself. Both Cheadle and Margulies lamented their lack of invites to Clooney’s wedding.
Clooney didn’t spare himself from his own jabs when he took the stage. “I’ve had a pretty good year myself, and I’m not just referring to the fabulous reviews of Monuments Men,” he said. And while last year’s Globes featured a joke about Clooney’s confirmed bachelorhood, his mention of his “good year” was a set up to discuss the actor’s new marriage. “It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love,” he said. “Even better when you’ve been waiting your whole life, and when your whole life is 53 years, cue, Amy, start the jokes.” Clooney directed the next bit as his wife: “I couldn’t be more proud to be your husband.”
Clooney’s speech also featured a brief mediation on the nature of awards shows, and how most who attend them end up losers. But ultimately, it’s not about the awards, he said. “If you are in this room you’ve caught the brass ring,” he continued. “You get to do what you’ve always dreamed to do and be celebrated for it.” Clooney then referenced two of the stars who died in 2014, saying that he may not remember what awards Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams won—but he remembers their most famous lines.
Clooney, who wore a “Je Suis Charlie” button on his tux, ended his speech by referencing the marches today following the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. “They marched in support of the idea that we will not walk in fear,” he said.