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George Clooney pays tribute to “Good Night” advisor – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Like a presidential candidate vying for political support on the campaign trail, George Clooney expects to make waves during this year’s race toward the Oscars.

The versatile A-lister has an excellent shot at competing for nominations in two categories this year, picking up the second Best Director nod of his career for “The Ides of March” while also grabbing a well-deserved nomination for his acting work in Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.” Granted, awards campaigns have to break in certain directions for Clooney to receive one nomination, let alone two. But if you are a studio and you need to make the rounds with a charismatic candidate, there’s literally no one better than Clooney at working the room.

But Clooney’s on-screen accomplishments aren’t the sole reason we’re enamored with George. Behind-the-scenes, when his actions aren’t being scrutinized, this major celebrity makes the right decisions in key situations.

The New York Post, for example, reports this morning that Clooney sent a statement that was read at the memorial service for Joe Wershba, the late television executive who worked with Edward R. Murrow and, as the paper reports, “was one of the six original ‘60 Minutes’ producers and a New York Post features writer.” Clooney recruited Wershba as a consultant for his fantastic “Good Night, and Good Luck,” and even cast Robert Downey Jr. in the role.

“At some point in our lives most of us are faced with a decision that could jeopardize our career and our livelihood,” the statement read. “Joe and Shirley [Wershba’s wife] faced that on a daily basis. It wasn’t just his career he risked … he had the responsibility of holding our leaders to the standard that made this country great. At a time when we throw the word brave around too easily, Joe Wershba was truly brave. He risked everything and our world is better off because of him.”

Wershba passed away in May. The statement was read during a ceremony on Friday. Clooney standing up for his “colleague” is yet another class-act move from an immeasurable talent operating at the top of his game.

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