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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Get your DVD Player Red Carpet Ready!

On January 11 the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California played host to the 72nd annual Golden Globes Awards. 
 The following DVDs in Merrick Library's collection represent winners chosen that evening by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:

"Boyhood" - Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), Best Director (Richard Linklater)

"Downton Abbey" - Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series (Joanne Froggatt)

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" - Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical

"House of Cards" - Best Actor in a TV Series (Kevin Spacey)

"How to Train Your Dragon 2" - Best Animated Film

"The Normal Heart" - Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie (Matt Bomer)

The highlight of this year's Golden Globes was giving the Cecil B. De Mille Lifetime Achievement Award to George Clooney. Since the actor, director, producer and writer achieved his initial fame on the long running TV medical drama "ER" before getting into films full time this honor seemed to many more than appropriate for a function that celebrates both television and movies. To that end, actors Juliana Margulies and Don Cheadle co-presented the De Mille Award to friend Clooney. Miss Margulies, star of TV's "The Good Wife, co-starred with Clooney for five years on "ER." Mr. Cheadle, who heads the cast of Showtime's "House of Lies," appeared with Clooney in the movies "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen." Their mostly humorous comments complimented a fast-paced video retrospective of Clooney's work that also touched upon his involvement as a United Nations Messenger for Peace and relief efforts in Darfur and the Sudan.

In accepting the tribute, George Clooney saluted his recent bride, Lebanese-born lawyer Amal Alamuddin, who had accompanied him that evening:

"It's a humbling thing when you find someone to love. Even better if you've been waiting your whole life and your whole life is fifty-three years...Amal, whatever alchemy it is that brought us together I couldn't be more proud to be your husband."

Clooney also expressed solidarity with demonstrators in many lands earlier that day who protested the terrorist actions in Paris that took place the previous week.

Merrick Library congratulates George Clooney on 
winning the De Mille Award. 
In addition to the previously cited "Ocean's" movies, the Library also has the following DVDs that showcase Mr. Clooney's many talents:

The American (co-producer, actor)
Argo (co-producer)
August: Osage County (producer)
The Descendants (actor)
The Fantastic Mr. Fox (voice work)
Good Night, and Good Luck (director, co-writer, actor)
Gravity (actor)
The Ides of March (actor)
Leatherheads (director, actor)
The Men Who Stare at Goats (producer, actor)
Michael Clayton (actor)
The Monuments Men (director, producer, co-writer, actor)
O Brother Where Art Thou? (actor)
Syriana (Clooney won the Best Supporting Actor Award for 2006 at both the Golden Globes and the Oscars)
Up in the Air (actor)

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