Golden Globes 2015: George Clooney pays tribute to Charlie Hebdo in lifetime achievement award speech

'They marched in support of the idea that we will not walk in fear.'

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George Clooney referred to last week's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris in his Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award acceptance speech at the 2015 Golden Globes.

The Hollywood actor has been nominated in more Golden Globes categories than anyone else in history and was honoured for his career and humanitarian work, particularly in Darfur and Sudan.

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Clooney's former ER co-star Julianna Marguiles introduced him to the stage, saying, "In an industry where it is so easy to lose touch with who you are and what really matters, he has never been anything but real."

The 53-year-old touched on today's free speech march in Paris. "Today was an extraordinary day, there were millions of people who marched not just in Paris but around the world, and they were Christians and Jews and Muslims, they were leaders of countries all over the world and they didn’t march in protest," he said.

"They marched in support of the idea that we will not walk in fear. So Je suis Charlie."

Earlier in the evening, the Clooneys had arrived on the red carpet wearing 'Je suis Charlie' badges as a mark of support and solidarity.

They were joined in the gesture by Kathy Bates, Joshua Jackson, Diane Kruger, Patricia Arquette and more.

 

Clooney concluded his speech with a touching message to his new wife, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

"It's a humbling thing to find someone to love. Amal, I couldn't be prouder to be your husband," he said, as women worldwide wept.

Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had joked about Mrs Clooney's achievements at the start of the ceremony.

"George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year," said Fey. "Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an adviser to Kofi An regarding Syria and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza strip.

"So tonight her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award."

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