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And the Award for Best 'Words with Friends' Celebrity Player Goes to Edward Norton

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 4, 2012 at 1:41PM

Edward Norton has nabbed the title as winner of the first-ever "Words with Friends" Celebrity Challenge, defeating Kristen Bell and Sophia Bush on his way to word domination and winning more than $132K for his charity, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. "Anyone who knows me know I love words," Norton quipped. That's probably a good thing, given all the secret-service mumbo jumbo he needed to spew in the last "Bourne" movie.
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Edward Norton in "The Bourne Legacy"
Edward Norton in "The Bourne Legacy"

We always knew he was the smartest guy in the room.

Edward Norton has nabbed the title as winner of the first-ever "Words with Friends" Celebrity Challenge, defeating Kristen Bell and Sophia Bush on his way to word domination and winning more than $132K for his charity, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. "Anyone who knows me know I love words," Norton quipped. That's probably a good thing, given all the secret-service mumbo jumbo he needed to spew in the last "Bourne" movie.

Norton hopes to play Alec Baldwin in the future: "Anybody who would get thrown off a flight for refusing to stop playing WWF is somebody I need to play."

Below, a list of Norton's celebrity opponents (including Snoop Lion, the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg) and their respective charity hauls.

Final Standings:

1.       First Place – $132,500

Edward Norton, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust

2.       Second Place – $57,500

Sophia Bush, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust

3.       Third Place – $20,000

Kristin Bell, Harlem Grown

4.       Fourth Place – $20,000

Eva Longoria, The Eva Longoria Foundation

5.       Fifth Place – $5,000

John Legend, The Show Me Campaign

6.       Sixth Place – $5,000

Snoop Lion, The Snoop Youth Football League

7.       Seventh Place – $5,000

Jonah Hill, Harlem Grown

8.       Eighth Place – $5,000

Paul Pierce, Truth On Health – The Truth Fund

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.