(RNN) - While he didn't walk away with an Academy Award for best actor in a leading role in February, George Clooney already has one Oscar statue engraved for his acting work.
A look back at the speech he gave after winning best supporting actor in 2006 provides an interesting foreshadowing of Clooney's arrest Friday morning for disorderly crossing of a police line outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.
"And finally, I would say that, you know, we are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood every once in a while, I think. It's probably a good thing," Clooney said as he accepted his Oscar for Syriana. "We're the ones who talk about AIDS when it was just being whispered, and we talked about civil rights when it wasn't really popular."
Clooney went on to talk about Hattie McDaniel, who was the first black actor to win an Academy Award for her performance as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.
"This academy - this group of people - gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters," he said. "I'm proud to be a part of this academy, proud to be part of this community and proud to be out of touch."
And so on Friday, Clooney proved he wasn't out of touch with what was going on in the world when he took a stand for the Sudanese people.
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