"WELCOME TO THE GEORGE CLOONEY FILM FESTIVAL." - SAYS ALEXANDER PAYNE, THE DIRECTOR OF THE MOVIE TO THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CROWD.
Early Saturday morning, a packed house of journalists and film industry workers waited in line for nearly an hour, all eagerly anticipating the first screening of his other buzzy film, the much quieter family drama, "The Descendants." Written and directed by Alexander Payne -- his first film since 2003's "Sideways"
"The Descendants" is a low-key drama about Matt King (Clooney), a Hawaii man whose life is thrown into disarray when his wife goes into a coma and he must learn how to parent for the first time. King is also dealing with news of his wife's affair and a tricky business decision that could turn his family and/or the entire state of Hawaii against him.Clooney has been receiving major raves for the role, and it's actually being touted as his best chance at an Oscar this year. Shailene Woodley, of ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," stars in a breakout turn as Clooney's older daughter Alex, while supporting roles are filled by Rob Huebel, Judy Greer and Matthew Lillard.