Shining star of golden night

Shining star of golden night
Actor George Clooney and wife Amal arrive on the red carpet for the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California, US, on Sunday night.

"Good evening, good evening, and welcome, you bunch of despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats."

Those infamous words spoofed by hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in their opening monologue - words used by producer Scott Rudin to describe Angelina Jolie in the Sony hacking scandal - rang loud and true at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Hollywood celebrities were honoured and roasted alike for their work on the big and small screen at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday night.

But the one person who was perhaps less despicable, spoiled and minimally talented than his peers was George Clooney, who was bestowed the Cecil B. DeMille Award to celebrate the US actor's outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera.

All eyes were on him too as he made his first public appearance with new wife Amal Alamuddin since getting hitched last September in Venice, Italy.

Surprising results over the three-hour ceremony included director Richard Linklater being lauded for his ground-breaking film Boyhood, which gave the film-maker the Best Director and Best Picture wins. Favourite Benedict Cumberbatch went home empty-handed as fellow Brit Eddie Redmayne trumped him in the Best Actor category.

On the TV front, new shows Transparent and The Affair were big winners.

But for us, the biggest winner was Clooney. Here are five reasons why he was the real star of the night.

1. HE CAN TAKE A JOKE

Right off the bat, the notorious prankster was a huge target for Fey and Poehler's zingers.

"George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin last year," said Fey.

"Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an adviser to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip.

"So, of course, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award."

Ever the good sport, Clooney laughed off the comment and later told reporters backstage that he "didn't even think that was a joke", adding that Fey and Poehler are "the best hosts of this show and I'm sorry they're not going to do it again".

2. HE IS IDOLISED BY OTHER STARS

Clooney's former co-stars Don Cheadle and Julianna Margulies coined a new term - F.O.G: Friends Of George - as they introduced Clooney for his award.

The pair took turns to boast about how close they are to Clooney, with Margulies pulling out the ace - that no one else had the opportunity to work with Clooney for 100 episodes on ER, the TV series that made him a star.

She said that knowing him comes with great privileges, as "he's a warm caring friend to all he meets".

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