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Indeed, Winslet slipped in without too much of a media maelstrom, as did quiet Ellen Page, who was awarded Breakthrough Performance by an Actress for her role in "Juno." Page, 20, is getting used to the schmoozing an award-winning performance requires. The only thing, said the actress, whose acceptance speech was peppered with words like "awesome" and "friggin'": "I wish I was more articulate."
Casey Affleck, who received Best Supporting Actor for "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," was plenty articulate when he razzed his older brother Ben before presenting him with the Best Directorial Debut prize for "Gone Baby Gone." But the younger Affleck, unlike his brother it appears, definitely considers himself among those for whom award ceremonies are the ugliest part of the business. "What would I rather be doing? I'd rather be doing anything other than talking about what I'd rather be doing," he said.
But leave it to Clooney to get the biggest laugh of the night and use his friends' unease to his advantage. "Here's the most fun thing," he said with a wide grin before presenting the Coen brothers with the Best Adapted Screenplay trophy, their second award of the night. "These guys hate this. They're the worst you've ever seen at this. They'll come up here, they won't look at you, they'll look at each other, shuffle around, it's like 'March of the Penguins.' Ethan won't talk and Joel'll say something like 'Thanks, man.' So enjoy yourselves."