‘Argo’: George Clooney scores his first Oscar nomination without needing to write, direct or act
George Clooney has earned yet another Oscar nomination, though this time he didn't have to write a script, set up shots or memorize any lines.
The Best Picture nomination for "Argo" marks the first time that Clooney has been nominated for a film in which he didn't also serve as either a director, writer or on-screen character. He shares the nomination with his longtime producing partner, Grant Heslov, and director/star Ben Affleck.
Clooney and Oscar are certainly well-acquainted. The Hollywood A-lister received multiple nominations in 2006: Best Original Screenplay (for "Good Night and Good Luck," shared with Grant Heslov), Best Director (for "Good Night and Good Luck") and Best Supporting Actor (for his portrayal of abandoned CIA agent Bob Barnes, a role that required him to gain a few pounds and grow an impressive beard). Clooney won for the latter.
Clooney has since been nominated for Best Actor three times, for his performances in "Michael Clayton" (2007), "Up in the Air" (2009) and "The Descendants" (2011). He was also shared a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination with Heslov and Beau Willimon for "The Ides of March" (2011).
"Argo" didn't require Clooney to look good on camera or know when to yell "Cut!" Best Picture is the highest and most coveted Oscar nomination a film can get, and the people who receive it are the ones with what could arguably be referred to as the "desk jobs" (it's more complicated than that -- by far, actually -- but it works as a comparative metaphor). Michael Douglas has been there, too -- his first Oscar nomination was for producing "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), a good 12 years before he received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Gordon Gekko in "Wall Street."
After more than a year-long hiatus from appearing on the big screen, Clooney will be seen later this year in Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi thriller, "Gravity," currently set to hit theaters on October 18. Although with the Best Picture nom for "Argo," Clooney the Producer might be thinking, "A fella could get used to (mostly) sitting in an office."