George Clooney Film about Edward R. Murrow Loses Out at Venice Festival

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By: E&P Staff

George Clooney’s black-and-white movie about legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow was upset for the top prize today in the judge’s ballot at the Venice Film Festival.

The movie, only the actor’s second stint as director, lost out for the Golden Lion to Ang Lee’s film about two gay cowboys, “Brokeback Mountain.”

Clooney’s film “Good Night, and Good Luck” (named for the way Murrow signed off each of his broadcasts) had been the hot favorite among film critics to take the Golden Lion, and will be released in the U.S. soon. It focuses on Murrow’s courageous journalism that exposed Sen. Joseph McCarthy and helped bring an end to the worst excesses of the anti-Communist witchhunting of the 1950s.

The film did gain best screenplay for Clooney and co-writer Grant Heslov. David Strathairn won the best actor prize for his portrayal of Murrow.

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