Credit: Good Night and Good Luck: Melinda Sue Gordon; Syriana: Warner Bros.

George Clooney won a 2006 Award

FOR Good Night, and Good Luck and Syriana

WHY? Clooney directed Good Night, cowrote it, costarred in it, and probably emptied the ashtrays on the set. (Those CBS reporters sure liked to smoke, didn’t they?) It’s the sort of movie often called a vanity project, though vanity is the last word you’d use to describe Clooney’s modest role or unglamorously pudgy appearance in the film. Same goes for Syriana, which Clooney executive-produced and costarred in, gaining more than 30 pounds to play a hard-luck CIA veteran and enduring a serious spinal injury during the film’s notorious torture sequence. Clooney’s suffering for his art resulted in two of 2005’s smartest political dramas; it could also result in as many as three trophies on Globe night.

(Golden Globe nominations: Best Director and Best Screenplay [Good Night, and Good Luck], and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture [Syriana])

Good Night, and Good Luck
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  • 93 minutes