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Kathy Griffin Speaks Up for GrownUps at AARP’s Movie Awards



As emcee of AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards, Kathy Griffin called the Feb. 8 affair the hidden gem of the awards shows. Taking place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the event honored movies with appeal to folks over 50 and bestowed a “Career Achievement Award” on Michael Douglas.

“First of all, just take it in,” Griffin told the audience, posing to show off her toned, trim body at 55 years old.

She then heaped praises on the event: “This is where the A-listers come,” she continued. “I’m just telling you, this is the place to be… This is the place you come and rub elbows with the legends. ”

On stepping down from the stage, she pointed out more than a few famous faces, including Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bette Midler, Dick Van Dyke, Mark Ruffalo, Bryan Cranston, Lily Tomlin, Adam DeVine, Rita Moreno, Morgan Freeman, Lou Gossett, Jr. and many more.

Jane Fonda would be arriving shortly, Griffin said, before noting “You should know there are some people who snuck in that are under 50 and I’m going to call them out.”  

And she did.

“Elizabeth Banks, you’re here, right?” Griffin said. “Are you trolling for ‘Pitch Perfect 3?’”

Taking a swipe at millennials, Griffin said, “Let’s talk about the serious hashtag that’s going around this awards seasons, and it’s called #OscarsSoYoung.”

She then said, “As a comic, there are only so many groups I can make fun of anymore because everyone is so sensitive. But in this room, I can really talk (sh..) about millennials.”

No doubt Griffin did a fabulous job as emcee for what I too believe to be a hidden gem of the award shows, combining as it does an informal ambiance with an impressive showing of A-list presenters and honorees. Plus, I liked lots of this year’s winning movies, too. 

Here’s the list of AARP’s best movies for grownups, along with the best actors, best directors, writers and others…     

Elizabeth Banks, Patricia Clarkson

The winners: Best movie: “Spotlight;” best actor: Bryan Cranston for “Trumbo;” best actress: Lily Tomlin for “Grandma;” best supporting actor: Mark Rylance for “Bridge of Spies;” best supporting actor: Diane Ladd for “Joy;” best director: Ridley Scott for “The Martian;” best screenwriter: David O. Russell for “Joy;” best comedy: “The Intern;” best intergenerational film: “Creed;” best buddy picture: “Learning to Drive;” best documentary: “Last Man on the Moon;” best grownup love story: “5 Flights Up;” best time capsule: “Love & Mercy;” best movie for grownups who refuse to grow up; reader’s choice: “The Martian.”

Others attending, presenting or celebrating their wins were actors Laura Dern, Patricia Clarkson, Michael Pena, Carl Weathers, Phylicia Rashad, Bruce Boxleitner, directors Tom McCarthy, Nancy Myers, Ryan Coogler and Bill Pohlad, “Joy” namesake Joy Mangano, journalist Ben Bradlee, Jr., astronaut Eugene Cernan and singer Thelma Huston.

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Top photo: Michael Douglas, honored with a Career Achievement Award, and Catherine Zeta-Jones at the AARP Movies For Grownups Awards 2016 (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/ Getty Images for AARP) 

Second photo: Trim, toned Kathy Griffin emceed the AARP Movies For Grownups Awards 2016

Third photo: Elizabeth Banks, left, of “Love & Mercy” with Patricia Clarkson of “Learning to Drive” at the AARP Movies For Grownups Awards (Photo by Jordan Strauss/ Invision for AARP/ AP Images) 

Fourth photo: Dick Van Dyke, left, with Bryan Cranston of “Trumbo” at the AARP Movies For Grownups Awards (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/ Getty Images for AARP) 

Fifth photo: Bette Midler presented the Career Achievement Award at the AARP Movies For Grownups Awards (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/ Getty Images for AARP) 

Sixth photo: Adam DeVine presents “The Intern” writer/director Nancy Myers with an award for best comedyat the AARP Movies For Grownups Awards 2016 (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/ Getty Images for AARP) 

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AARP Movies for Grownups 2016

Published Feb. 9, 2016 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA