There was a unique energy in the air Sunday afternoon inside the Directors Guild of America, host of Amazon Studios’ tastemaker reveal of The Tender Bar, directed by George Clooney and starring Ben Affleck. The A-list pairing seemed to electrify the festivities long before their feet touched the carpet.
“This is a big one,” said a veteran red carpet journalist as other reporters buzzed about whether significant others Amal Clooney and Jennifer Lopez would make an appearance at the early evening screening. (For the record: Amal was in the building, while Lopez was rumored to be down the boulevard at Sunset Tower.) Plus-ones aside, “big one” could also apply to the creative reunion of Clooney, Affleck and producer Grant Heslov, who last teamed on the Affleck-directed Argo, which won a best picture Oscar in 2013.