Julia and George Reunite In Rare Public Appearance
January 10, 2006

Julia Roberts wowed the star-studded crowd at the 11th Annual Critics Choice Awards Monday night, making a rare public appearance to flash her million-dollar smile.

Just one year after having twins, Roberts looked as radiant as ever as she graced the stage to present her longtime pal, George Clooney, with the Freedom Award for his work as director and star of "Good Night, and Good Luck."

"I love his movie," Roberts said. "I think he's done a great job. I mean he could do anything. He could be making tons of money and tons of movies."

"Extra's" own Jerry Penacoli caught up with the old friends as they kicked up their heels backstage. It was only the second time the megastars had met up since making "Ocean's Twelve" together more than a year ago, and "Extra" got the inside scoop on rumors of another sequel.

"Yes, we did it in my backyard," Roberts laughed. "I was fabulous."

The dynamic duo joked not only backstage, but onstage as well. When accepting his award, George inquired, "How are the twins… and your children?"

Meanwhile, a star-struck Reese Witherspoon could barely contain herself when she accepted her Best Actress award for "Walk the Line" just moments later. "Julia Roberts is in there!" Witherspoon said. "I'm so nervous!"

The cast of "Crash" captured the Best Acting Ensemble honors, and the adorable Dakota Fanning was the Critics Choice for Best Young Actress for "War of the Worlds."

Other big winners included "Brokeback Mountain," which took home Best Picture and Best Director awards. And Philip Seymour Hoffman was named Best Actor for his film, "Capote."

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