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Clooney awarded hope gong

George Clooney added another trophy to his Oscar, two Golden Globes and slew of movie critics' awards -- but his latest one had nothing to do with acting.

Clooney was presented with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award for his work to raise awareness of the crisis in Darfur, and fundraising efforts for causes ranging from Hurricane Katrina to the Haiti earthquake and the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

"It's important to remember how much good can get done because we live in such strange times where bad behaviour sucks up all of the attention and the press," Clooney said.

The actor said he hoped there were others who could step in and "help find a way to keep the spotlight burning on these heartbreaking situations that continue to be heartbreaking long after the cameras go away".

Television Academy chairman John Shaffner said Clooney (49) had "understood and harnessed the power of television... to reach into the hearts of people around the world."

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