When George Clooney strode up to the stage Sunday night to accept the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes, the audience and everyone at home likely expected the fun-loving prankster we've all seen before. Instead, we were treated to a moving and sincere speech that touched upon current events, melted hearts in the room (including that of his new wife, Amal Alamuddin), and once again made him the toast of social media. 

Need proof? How about this quote on his recent marriage: "It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love," he said. "Even better if you’ve been waiting your whole life and when your whole life is 53 years. Amy, start the jokes. Amal, whatever alchemy it is that brought us together I couldn’t be more proud to be your husband."

Or this one on the passing of two great actors: "I don’t remember what awards Lauren Bacall won. I just remember her saying 'You know how to whistle, Steve. Just put your lips together and blow.' And I have no idea what kind of hardware Robin Williams took home but I sure remember, 'Carpe diem,' and 'Seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.' I’ll never forget that."

Talk of Clooney running for office has been a long-running rumor, in particular due his humanitarian work, testimony before Congress, private meetings with President Obama, and outspoken political leanings.

Immediately after his marriage last year to Alamuddin, a prestigious human rights lawyer, bookmakers shortened his previous 200-to-1 odds on becoming the next U.S. president to 100-to-1. But based on his previous thoughts about politics, don't go expecting a Clooney/Don Cheadle ticket anytime soon. 

"As for running for president, look, there's a guy in office right now who is smarter than almost anyone you know, who's nicer and who has more compassion than almost anyone you know," he told reporters in 2011. "And he's having an almost impossible time governing. Why would anybody volunteer for that job?"

"I have a really good job," he added. "I get to hang out with very seductive people. So I have no interest." 

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George Clooney for president? Golden Globes speech draws rave reviews
Actor's touching, sincere speech during the awards show moved some to suggest a run for office.