Movies for Grownups Awards

Kevin Costner, Jon Favreau, J.K. Simmons, Rene Russo Honored at Movies for Grownups Awards Gala


The event: Child stars, octogenarians, actors, directors, producers and others spanning all ages packed the ballroom Feb. 2 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for the 2015 AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Gala. AARP provides information, advocacy and services to adults 50 and over.

The program: John Leguizamo hosted the affair, which honored Kevin Costner and named “The Theory of Everything” the year’s best picture. Among other awards, Julianne Moore received the lead actress award for “Still Alice,” Steve Carell was honored in the lead actor category for “Foxcatcher” and Richard Linklater took the directing award for “Boyhood.” Awards for supporting roles went to Rene Russo for “Nightcrawler” and J.K. Simmons for “Whiplash.”

The crowd: Chris Pratt, Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Jon Favreau…


Click here to read my whole story in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times. Scroll down the page for more quotes and lots more pictures of the celebrities and others.


A few more words about AARP’s movie awards…

So what’s a movie for grownups?

According to AARP’s CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, the winning movies either feature actors 50 or over, have someone on the creative team who is 50 or over or appeal to mature audiences. “Tonight we’re celebrating the movie industry and all those who develop content with appeal to movie-goers over 50,” she said.

Given the informality of the event, remarks were often off-the-cuff and at times emotional. Rene Russo choked up as accepted what she called her “first ever” award. Costner apologized for not addressing his Career Achievement honor, as he launched into a meaningful, clearly unrehearsed exhortation to the baby boom generation to continue their once-impassioned quest to change the world.

Much was also said by the speakers about age. Rick Springfield, who introduced upcoming movies for grownups, said he resisted joining AARP, “but I just turned 65 and figured it’s about time.”

“The irony is not lost on me that this award was handed to me by a child,” said J.K. Simmons, named best supporting actor for “Whiplash,” as he referred to writer/director Damien Chazelle, now 30.

Of his role as the tyrannical music teacher, the Golden Globe winner said, “I was walking by Carnegie Hall, where the climax of the movie takes place, a couple of days ago in New York and I felt compelled to get my phone out and thank Damien — because this is a gift.”

Earlier during dinner, Simmons admitted that he bears little resemblance to his abusive onscreen persona. “The only time I get that angry is on the 101,” he said.


Top photo: Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer at AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups Awards Gala (photo, courtesy of AARP)

Second photo: Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones accept the best movie award for “The Theory of Everything” at AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups Awards Gala (photo, courtesy of AARP)

Third photo: Actor Emjay Anderson, left, and producer/director/actor Jon Favreau accept the best comedy award for “Chef” at AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups Awards Gala (photo, courtesy of AARP)

Fourth photo: Rick Springfield introduced upcoming movies for grownups at AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups Awards Gala (photo, courtesy of AARP)

Fifth photo: Chris Pratt presented the best movie for grownups who refuse to grow up award for “The Lego Movie” at AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups Awards Gala (photo, courtesy of AARP)



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Movies for Grownups Awards

Published Feb. 6, 2015 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA