George Clooney was awarded the American Film Institute's 2018 Life Achievement Award and attended the gala tribute last night in Los Angeles. His wife Amal gave a speech in his honor, speaking movingly about falling in love with him and his relationship with their children, 1-year-old twins Ella and Alexander. And George, in the audience, teared up listening to her.
Although George’s modesty attributes much of the success we’re celebrating here tonight to luck, I think it’s incredible talent and character that got him here. And these attributes also make him an amazing husband and father. 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 am told I would display a particular grin and head tilt when reading his text messages and all the letters that he would hide in my bag. 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 that I always hoped existed. And seeing you with our children, Ella and Alexander, is the greatest joy in my life. You fill our home with laughter and happiness and that’s even before the children have worked out their dada is actually that man, 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’ve done but who you are, they will be so proud of you too.