Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

George Clooney gets a little help from some friends

Irish Golden Globe hopefuls Brendan Gleeson and Michael Fassbender flew out to LA yesterday ahead of tomorrow night's ceremony in Hollywood, writes Edel O'Connell.

But fellow Irish nominee, singer Sinead O'Connor, will be watching the event on TV, where critics name their favourites in the movie and television world.

The newlywed singer was nominated for her song 'Lay Your Head Down' in the movie 'Albert Nobbs', which stars Glenn Close. It was filmed in Dublin and has received three nominations.

Actor Brendan Gleeson (56) is hoping he'll walk away with the Best Actor award for his role in hit Irish comedy 'The Guard'.

Up against him is Michael Fassbender, who will be vying for the same prize for his role as a sex addict in Steve McQueen's 'Shame'.

Meanwhile, as the stars of the screen sparkle in thew US, back in Ireland 27-year-old David James Glendon from Thomaston in Kilkenny scooped first prize in the George Clooney Lookalike Contest at the George Clooney Irish Roots Festival 2012 in the city.

"I just entered it for the laugh; I wasn't expecting much out of it. I had to dress up in a dapper suit and try and act the part," he said.

"Seven hundred and forty six people entered the competition. I'll receive a certificate but after that it's just the honour I suppose.

"The organiser is making a documentary about George Clooney's Irish roots and how he's from the Kilkenny region."

And although the black-and-white silent film 'The Artist' leads contenders for Sunday's Golden Globes with six nominations tied for second-place with five nominations each are George Clooney's family tale 'The Descendants' and the literary adaptation 'The Help', both competing for best drama.

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