George Clooney and his The Descendants director Alexander Payne sat down for a "TimesTalks" interview with New York Times journalist David Carr in LA yesterday. It was George's latest press stop as he makes the rounds to discuss his, and the movie's, many Oscar nominations. George is up for a best actor statue at the Academy Awards, which will take place later this month on Feb. 26. The Descendants is also in the running for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, and best achievement in film editing. It's likely to be a good night for Alexander and the gang if they win in any category. The ceremony will offer George another chance to hang out with his buddy, and fellow nominee, Brad Pitt, as well as hit the red carpet with girlfriend Stacy Keibler.