Malibu Seen: Seeing Stars for George

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George and Amal Clooney strike a pose with Malibu pals Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford.

Gorgeous George Clooney and his stunning wife Amal are on a roll with a marriage made in heaven. Their twins just hit the one-year mark, they attended a royal wedding while Amal juggles sleepless nights and diaper duty while keeping on the job as an international rights lawyer.

George continues his work on “Catch 22,” shooting on location in Sardinia and Rome.

Then the power couple caught up in LA where George was being feted with one of Hollywood’s top honors—The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. It was a who’s who of top names and red carpet wear. Courteney Cox brought along her BFF Jennifer Aniston. Both were color coordinated in dramatic steel gowns. George and Amal wouldn’t be without their Malibu besties, Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford. Amal was pretty in sparkling pink while Cindy looked like a Grecian goddess in a head-turning off the shoulder.

“I love being a part of this industry,” George Clooney said as he accepted AFI’s Life Achievement Award at a gala dinner at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. “I’m very proud of the changes I’m seeing in this industry. They’re much overdue.” The award was supposed to be presented to him by longtime pal and “Oceans Eleven” costar Julia Roberts—but duty called on an another project and instead “Ocean’s” alumna and Malibu resident Shirley MacLaine stepped in and did the honors, joking, “I’m the one who goes on when the star has a problem.”

Of Clooney, MacLaine said, “The humanity in you is what has always gotten my attention.” 

Once on stage, George also thanked his parents, who were present, calling them “two of the most ethical people I know. Their example was always due north.” Earlier in the evening, Clooney was introduced as “a man of the movies and a citizen of the world” by his own father, broadcast journalist Nick Clooney.

Calling the proceedings to order, Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI board of trustees, said the tribute to Clooney was designed “to celebrate his values and character as much as his memorable movies.”

The honoree, 57, also spoke warmly of his wife Amal, saying, “I thought you couldn’t have it all. I thought if you had a successful career you couldn’t have one great love, and then I met Amal.” And he also thanked everyone who took the time to toast (and lightly roast) him throughout the evening. “Tonight is very special, I will treasure it,” he concluded, signing off by borrowing Edward R. Murrow’s signature line: “Good night and good luck.”