Amal and George Clooney, future presidential couple? Last Thursday, the power couple has blurred, even more, the border between its influence in the American entertainment and its political ambitions, by organizing the first edition of the Albie Awards. And this, in the company of a host of stars. The new award recognizes activists who fight for justice at the risk of their own lives. The ceremony took place at the New York Public Library. It was organized by the Ford Foundation and the Clooney Foundation, which provides free legal assistance to victims of human rights violations.
The award is named after Judge Albie Sachs, an ardent activist in the fight against apartheid in South Africa. In a statement on their foundation's website, George and Amal Clooney introduce the nominees: "Filipino journalist Maria Ressa received the Justice for Journalists Award; iAct, an organization that supports genocide survivors in refugee camps, received the Justice for Survivors Award; Viasna, a Belarusian human rights group, received the Justice for Democracy Defenders Award, and the Justice for Women Award went to Dr. Josephine Kulea for the Samburu Girls Foundation, a nonprofit that rescues girls at risk in Kenya. "
The couple made a point of honoring journalists as guardians of the news. George Clooney explained to the media his personal attachment to the profession, "It's exciting because Amal has gotten journalists out of Egypt, out of Azerbaijan, out of prisons around the world, out of Myanmar – that's something she's particularly good at […] And my father is a journalist. I have a great affinity with that profession."
For the first Albie Awards ceremony, the actor and the lawyer, who have been married since 2014, were surrounded by the biggest international stars. From Meryl Streep to Dua Lipa, through Bruce Springsteen and Julia Roberts, return on the prestigious red carpet of the evening.