Though our fascination with Amal and George Clooney’s style never wavers, receiving a behind-the-scenes look at their romance is better than any outfit the former could step out in (even the dragon-print).
On Thursday evening we received just that when George accepted the American Film Institute’s lifetime achievement award at a star-studded gala at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Fresh off a jaunt to Italy, the Clooneys looked no worse for the wear—George in a classic black tux and Amal sparkling in a pale pink off-the-shoulder Prada gown with a cutout baring her left leg, which she paired with glamorous gold Aquazzura sandals ($375; net-a-porter.com).
George received many honors throughout the evening, including words of praise from former co-stars Cate Blanchett, Laura Dern, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Shirley MacLaine, and a special performance from Miley Cyrus.
Of course, there was no greater tribute than the one given by his wife of nearly four years, Amal.
The international human rights lawyer and style icon took to the stage in her glimmering gown, introducing her speech with a dose of humor: “It’s somehow easier for me to address a court on behalf of a detainee, than to speak publicly as I am doing for the first time tonight about my husband ... “
Amal went on to share details about their early romance.
“I met George when I was 35 and starting to become quite resigned to the idea that I was going to be a spinster. Then we met and started hiding out in my London flat and very soon it felt like, no matter what happened, I would never want to be with anyone else ... "
“I couldn’t sleep when we were apart and I’m told that I would display a particular grin and head-tilt when reading his text messages or the letters he would hide in my bag,” she reminisced. “Five years later, none of that has changed. He is the person who has my complete admiration and also the person whose smile makes me melt every time.”
“My love, what I have found with you is the great love I always hoped existed. And seeing you with our children, Ella and Alexander, is the greatest joy in my life ... ” she continued.
“You fill our home with laughter and happiness and that’s even before the children have worked out that ‘da-da’ is Batman, a talking fox, and friends with Mary Poppins. I’m so proud of you my love. Congratulations on this great honor that you’re receiving tonight. I’m proud of you, but I also know that when our children find out not only what you have done, but who you are, they will be so proud of you too.”
Tearing up? You're not the only one:
OK, this is a screenplay waiting to be written. Make it happen, George!