Good Night and Good Luck (George Clooney, 2005) schmoozes onto the screen with a saxophone rendition of Nat 'King' Cole's 'When I Fall in Love'.
Good Night and Good Luck was directed and co-written by actor George Clooney.
Re-enacting the early days of television is clearly a labour of love for Clooney, and Good Night and Good Luck shares several similarities with his other directorial venture, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), in both its themes and its mischievous sense of humour.
In Good Night and Good Luck Clooney continues the comical undertones: in a subplot centred on CBS's ludicrous policy forbidding inter-office romances, we watch two enamored reporters forced to shield their marriage from the company; in an interview with flamboyant entertainer Liberace, Murrow asks the then-closet homosexual if he's 'given much thought to marriage and settling down'; and in a scene with two US Air Force colonels Friendly is pressured not to run the story on Radulovich.
The performances in Good Night and Good Luck are faultless, with the interplay between David Strathairn and Clooney incandescent.
Murrow complained in George Clooney's last film that television should occasionally educate the American public, and if Good Night and Good Luck
, Munich, and Syriana are any indication, school is definitely in session in Hollywood--and the course is political science.
The five nominees for best picture are Brokeback Mountain, Capote, race drama Crash, Steven Spielberg thriller Munich and George Clooney's McCarthy-era drama Good Night And Good Luck.
Clooney has two nominations, best supporting actor for his role as a CIA agent in Syriana, and best director for Good Night And Good Luck.
The other best picture nominees are Truman Capote biopic Capote, race drama Crash, Steven Spielberg thriller Munich and George Clooney's McCarthy-era drama Good Night And Good Luck
. Western Mail film critic Gary Slaymaker said this year's nominations list revealed no surprises.
Clooney himself gets two nominations in the supporting actor category, for Good Night And Good Luck
Fiennes, 43, faces competition in the leading actor category from Good Night And Good Luck's David Strathairn, Heath Ledger for Brokeback Mountain, Joaquin Phoenix for Walk The Line and Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote.
Best film nominees are Brokeback Mountain, The Constant Gardener, Good Night And Good Luck, Capote, and Crash.