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George Clooney Explains Why He Thinks Ben Affleck Deserves a Third Academy Award

George Clooney Explains Why He Thinks Ben Affleck Deserves a Third Academy Award

George Clooney thinks that Ben Affleck deserves to win his third Academy Award this year.

Both of the guys are two-time Oscar winners and they won their second one together in 2013 as producers on the Best Picture winner Argo. George also won Best Supporting Actor in 2006 for Syriana and Ben won Best Original Screenplay in 1998 for Good Will Hunting.

George just directed Ben in the movie The Tender Bar, which has earned him Best Supporting Actor nominations at both the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards.

Click inside to find out what George said about Ben’s Oscar chances…

“I have to say the thing that’s so cool about that is Ben really showed up, and he stuck his neck out, and yes, he’s gotten a SAG award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination. He deserves it. He put his neck out there, and he really worked hard on this, and he hasn’t been acknowledged much as an actor, and he’s a really wonderful actor,” George said in a new interview for Deadline. “I’ve had great success working with him the two times I’ve worked with him. I’m a giant fan of his.”

“I looked at this as a real showcase for Ben, and you know, Ben’s been through the ringer. He’s been as high as you could get,” George continued. “He stood on the stage and won a couple of Oscars. He knows what it’s like to be at the top of the game, and he also has had some rough patches. Some of them, as he has said many times, self-inflicted, but he’s a fighter, and he’s been out there, and he showed up on this one in such a big way and in such a gracious way, and he’s been doing it for a bit, and it’s fun to see the reactions towards him, and it’d be lovely if the same sort of attention was carried on [to the Oscars]. I think he would deserve it.”

He added, “I feel a great responsibility to the actors and the crew and the people who put their hearts into this, because, you know, this was not easy to make, and we were all masked up and on location. We’ll see. We’ll see what happens with Ben. I’d like it to happen.”

In the same interview, George talked about why he accepted a lower salary for an upcoming movie.

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