The American Cinematheque Honors George Clooney

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The American Cinematheque Honors George Clooney

01 of 08

American Cinematheque Awards

American Cinematheque Awards
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"Before I met my husband, you were just about the best man I thought I ever knew," said Julia Roberts (here with Clooney), just before presenting him with his award. "You're extraordinary in every way."

02 of 08

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American Cinematique Awards
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Salma Hayek (here with Mia Maestro) offered a bit of advice during her part of the presentation: "To all the girls in the world who are in love with George, I say, 'Give it up, sisters. He's the best of friends, but I think he'll make a lousy boyfriend.'"

03 of 08

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American Cinematique Awards
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The guests, who included inseparable pals Rumer Willis and Lindsay Lohan, dined on Greek salads followed by a surf-and-turf combination and a choice of tropical-fruit sorbet or chocolate-and-peanut-butter mousse for dessert.

04 of 08

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American Cinematique Awards
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The very gracious award winner stopped to chat with veteran actor Morgan Freeman as he made the rounds to thank all of the guests for coming.

05 of 08

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American Cinematique Awards
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"My first real paying job was [on ER], with me and George Clooney," said Julianna Margulies, here with former ER castmate Noah Wyle. "He taught me everything I know. I'm here only for him. I flew all the way from New York for him."

06 of 08

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American Cinematique Awards
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Joy Bryant and Clooney's Ocean's Thirteen co-star Ellen Barkin attended the cocktail reception that preceded the celebratory dinner.

07 of 08

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American Cinematique Awards
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Don Cheadle came out to support (and rib) his friend Clooney. The two have appeared in many films together, including Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen and Out of Sight.

08 of 08

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American Cinematique Awards
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Emilio Estevez and Christian Slater, both of whom can be seen in the upcoming film Bobby, looked dapper as they made their way along the red carpet.

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