BAFTAs 2012: Boys' night out for George, Colin and Brad
It took him almost twice as long as everyone else to make his way to the entrance.
George Clooney seemed to be loving the atmosphere at the BAFTAs, joking that he planned to wrestle screenwriter Alexander Payne for an award.
The silver fox's screenplay for Ides of March was up against Alexander's script for The Descendants – the film in which George also starred.
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With his leading lady Stacy Keibler absent, he took his friend Colin Firth's hand for support.
He and another buddy Brad Pitt were due to fight it out in the leading actor category – George for The Descendants and his pal for Moneyball.
If the two friends had made the same pact, as they have for the Oscar nominations, a victory for either of them would have had funny consequences.
A win for George was to be rewarded by Angelina Jolie's partner working as deckhand on his yacht at Lake Como.
Unfortunately, Angelina had to sit out the BAFTAs this time which might explain her beau's choice of prize.
If Brad took away a trophy then George had to take care of their six kids for the night so the golden couple would get out for date night.
And Hollywood's most committed bachelor wasn't looking forward to that prospect.
As he said: "Even one kid running around my villa makes me nervous, so I'm definitely not a candidate for father of the year!
"If I need to surround myself with children and feel like I have this big extended family, I can always call Brad and Angie and ask them to stay with me, just to remind me why I'm so happy without."