George Clooney describes himself as a “politically awake human being”. It has therefore probably never been enough for the actor, director, producer and screenwriter to be successful only in the film industry. He has for years also championed the cause of people in the crisis region of Darfur in the Sudan. Clooney has visited refugee camps there and made documentaries. The screen star has also initiated the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), which, with the help of satellite pictures, evaluates evidence of human rights abuses. On its front page the magazine Newsweek called the restless Clooney a “statesman of the twenty-first century”, one who is politically effective without being a politician.
These commitments have now been honoured with the 2012 German Media Award. The jury described the 51 year-old Clooney as an “extraordinary icon of the film industry”, for he is also a “unique activist for humanitarian causes and peace”. The Oscar winner, it continued, has used his popularity and fame to draw attention to crises and conflicts that have been suppressed in the public awareness.
The German Media Award has been annually bestowed since 1992 by the marketing research company Media Control in Baden-Baden on “outstanding individuals”. Polled for the selection, according to the company, are the editors-in-chief of the German media with the widest coverage and influence. Former award winners include Helmut Kohl, François Mitterrand, Yassir Arafat, Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Gerhard Schröder, the Dalai Lama and Chancellor Angela Merkel.
To attend the award presentation in Baden-Baden, the film star will not have to go far: Clooney is currently in Germany looking for locations for his new project The Monuments Men. According to information of the news agency dpa, he now even has his own office at the film studio in Babelsberg: Hollywood in Potsdam.
Presentation of the 2012 German Media Award on 26 February 2013 in Baden-Baden