The actor has scored a total of 13 Golden Globes nominations throughout his career

By Michele Corriston
Updated January 11, 2015 10:35 PM
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Hollywood’s favorite former bachelor, George Clooney, was honored for his legacy in film and humanitarianism at the Golden Globes, taking home the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award was presented by Julianna Margulies and Don Cheadle, who fought over which one of them was a better “F.O.G.” (Friend of George), on Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

“I can’t tell you what an honor it is to be up here,” said Clooney. “I thought they were going to roast me.”

He went on to say that the Globes offer a chance to catch up with old friends. “And now that we see everybody’s been hacked, it’s also a good chance to come face-to-face with each other and apologize for those things we said,” Clooney joked.

But as his speech wound down, he quickly got serious. “I had a pretty good year myself and I’m not just referring to the fabulous reviews of The Monuments Men.

“It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love,” continued the actor, who told reporters backstage that he wore his wedding tux to the Globes. “Even better when you’ve been waiting your whole life… Amal, whatever alchemy brought us together, I couldn’t be prouder to be your husband.”

It’s been a busy year for Clooney, who followed up 2013’s blockbuster Gravity by directing, writing and starring in The Monuments Men – and getting married to international human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in Venice.

Show hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler joked about Alamuddin’s many accomplishments in their opening speech, listing them out, then concluding: “So tonight, her husband is getting a Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Clooney, 53, has won three other Golden Globes – for his work in 2000’s O Brother, Where Art Thou?, 2005’s Syriana and 2011’s The Descendants – and been nominated 13 times throughout his career.

The actor is also celebrated for his charitable and political contributions, from organizing the Hope for Haiti Now telethon in 2010 to advocating for justice in Darfur as a U.N. messenger of peace.

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