Tuesday, May 28, 2024

George Clooney Gets 3rd Best Actor Award Tonight From Million Dollar Fan Group


George Clooney–everyone loves him, especially the fan group National Board of Review. At their $600 a ticket dinner tonight they’re giving Clooney his third award in five years, this time for “The Descendants.” The NBR is a cabal run by a woman named Annie Schulhof, who essentially wrested it from its former cabalists (not Kabbalah-ists) a few years ago. Now, with the membership fees and gala tickets, they claim over $1 million in assets on their tax form as a charity. According to their 2010 Form 990, they spent more on salaries ($159,000) and production of the annual event ($117,500) than they did on “student grants” ($64,500) or their miscellaneous donations like $6,000 to the Children’s Aid Society and $14,500, as usual, to Wesleyan University, where NBR board member Jeanine Basinger teaches and maintains some kind of Clint Eastwood archive. Eastwood’s “J Edgar” is included in this year’s top 10 films, of course. It’s all good! Tonight, the NBR gives pretty much every studio an award. And they even created awards–like one for the “Harry Potter” series– to make sure Warner Bros. would pony up. All this money and intrigue to do the exact same thing that the New York Film Critics did basically on a shoestring last and the Critics Choice Awards will do on Thursday night in Los Angeles. But the NBR members get their pix taken with the stars, and everyone goes home a winner.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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