George Clooney Named Best Actor For The Descendants

George Clooney Lays Low and Gains Award Season Steam

George Clooney bundled up in a leather jacket.

George Clooney stepped out for lunch with a friend in LA yesterday. He's been hanging out around home since returning from his Thanksgiving in Cabo with girlfriend Stacy Keibler, but he'll be on the road again next week when he heads to Australia for a speaking engagement on Dec. 12. In the following days we'll get a better idea of George's award season situation when the Golden Globe nominations are announced Wednesday, Dec. 13 and the SAGs on Thursday, Dec. 14. George's work in The Descendants is earning him Oscar buzz, and has already landed him the best actor accolade from the National Board of Review.

If his good reviews translate into statue nods, we could see red-carpet reunions for Oceans boys George and Brad Pitt. In recent months, both George and Brad have spoken about giving up acting for careers behind the scenes, but before then they could be going head-to-head in the best actor categories come January and February.