George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin Could Nab His & Hers Nobel Peace Prizes, Friend Predicts

George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin Could Nab His & Hers Nobel Peace Prizes, Friend Predicts
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10/05/2014 AT 12:00 PM EDT

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He's won Oscars and nabbed Golden Globes. Heck, he's even taken home the MTV Movie Award for best breakthrough performance in 1996 for From Dusk Till Dawn. So what accolades are up next for George Clooney?

Perhaps a Nobel Peace Prize.

At least that's what his close friend John Lambros predicted, maybe only half-jokingly, for the actor – and his barrister bride, Amal Alamuddin – during a heartfelt speech at the couple's Sept. 27 wedding ceremony.

Given their common passion for human rights causes, Lambros said, "Okay, I am projecting, but I am also making that call public tonight … perhaps the first husband-and-wife team to win the [Nobel] Prize for Peace."

Lambros, who joined three others in delivering speeches during the moving ceremony, also underscored how crucial friendship is to the deeply loyal Clooney.

Despite his success and global celebrity, "the friend we have known as George for years has not changed as a friend one bit," said Lambros, who joked that the actor is so loyal that 20 years "affords me the friend status of rookie."

"It is more a function of how deeply, how honestly and how genuinely George both cares for and enjoys the people in his life, and how much he values friendship."

Toward the end of his speech, Lambros turned to Alamuddin and expressed his gratitude.

"To say we, George's friends, have been waiting for you, Amal, for a while is another enormous understatement," he said, before quoting from a George Eliot passage. " 'And when a man has seen a woman whom he would have chosen if he had intended to marry speedily, his remaining a bachelor will always depend on her resolution rather than his.' "

"Amal," said Lambros, "we all thank you for your resolution."

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