The Up in the Air star jokes that he's rooting for the Crazy Heart star in the Best Actor race

By Brian Orloff
Updated March 07, 2010 09:00 PM
Credit: Amy Sancetta/AP

George Clooney is a betting man – and even he is betting he won’t win the Best Actor trophy at Sunday’s Academy Awards.

“If you were to say to me, ‘Put all of your property on one thing,’ I would put all of it on that,” Clooney joked with Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet. His choice? “I even voted for Jeff Bridges.”

Still, that doesn’t mean the actor wasn’t in good spirits at Sunday’s award show. “I am not a lonely guy,” Clooney, who brought girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis as his date, said. “Look, I am surrounded by stunning women in long dresses.”

And the actor had another celebrity admirer on the red carpet: Sherri Shepherd. “I’m traumatized because I want George Clooney,” the View cohost, who emceed ABC’s red carpet special, said. Then she asked Canalis: “You don’t mind do you?”

While Canalis smiled and said “no,” her Up in the Air beau joked that her answer was because she didn’t understand the question. “She doesn’t understand English or she’d kill you,” he said with a smile. “She’d cut you with a stiletto.”
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