WHAT: The 2009 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

WHO: Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Wes Anderson, Lynn Redgrave, Kathryn Bigelow, Sylvia Miles, Amy Ryan, James Gandolfini, Christoph Waltz, among other film industry luminaries.

OVERHEARD: A solicitous George Clooney asking the photographers,  "You guys are all right? Are things going well?" When Oscar winner Sylvia Miles arrived on the red carpet, she anxiously inquired, 'Where is Patrick McMullan?'' Is he all right?'' Asked by a photographer to lean against the bar, which was our backdrop, Wes Anderson complied but asked,"Is this all right?" That's the new ''civility-driven'' show biz for ya!