Alert
Close

Top the Trizzle leaderboard by 5 p.m. Friday to win an $100 gift card! Learn more

Highlights

Open

FREE FUN!

AARP Games - Play Now!
AARP-iPad-ePub-app

FALL 2014 NATIONAL EVENT

Come to San Diego!

Sept. 4 - 6

Technology and Innovation

AARP TV

Watch episodes of AARP Live and other AARP broadcasts.

Most Popular

Viewed

Redford, Firth Reign at Awards Dinner

Many more stars relish their Movies for Grownups honors

En español  |  Robert Redford enthralled the crowd, Carl and Rob Reiner drew screams of laughter, and Colin Firth and the rest of The King's Speech retinue gave the evening a royal polish at AARP The Magazine's Movies for Grownups Awards gala Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Dozens of stars — from 90-year-old Mickey Rooney to 14-year-old Flipped actress Madeline Carroll — gathered to help honor Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Redford and winners of the magazine's 2011 awards.

The King's Speech, which won Best Movie for Grownups and the magazine's Readers' Choice honor, clearly was a crowd favorite. Among those singing its praises was Sally Field, who said, "I have a lot of people who I really like who made really wonderful movies, so it's hard for me to say my favorite, but I personally liked The King's Speech a hell of a lot."

Best Supporting Actress winner Phylicia Rashad, honored for her performance in For Colored Girls, said, "I just took my mother to see The King's Speech and she absolutely loved it." Jacqueline Bisset also counted herself as a fan of The King's Speech and added, "I loved The Kids Are All Right. And I loved Biutiful. I liked The Fighter very much, too.  It's awful to give a prize to only one, you know. They all deserve prizes."

At a cocktail reception before the awards dinner, Larry Hagman showed that his Texas-sized personality is as colorful as ever at age 79. He posed for photos with fellow guests and talked about reprising his role as notorious J.R. Ewing in the new Dallas TV movie, which is beginning production in May. "I liked Black Swan. I thought it was a weird film. I mean, it's really different," Hagman said. "And I liked True Grit."

Lesley Manville, this year's Best Actress winner for her work in Mike Leigh's Another Year, made it clear she is delighted with her Movies for Grownups nod. "It means they've got it; somebody's got what I'm doing." Indeed.

Inside the elegant ballroom, the British contingent — and domestic admirers of The King's Speech as well — enjoyed more accolades being heaped upon the pitch-perfect winner.

Introduced by co-star Geoffrey Rush, Best Actor recipient Colin Firth got a standing ovation and cheers. "It's funny how much fun we have with the word 'grownup,' because we actors just don't make very convincing grownups," said the actor who is also considered an Oscar front-runner for his heartrending portrayal of the emotionally scarred King George VI. "We act in imaginary worlds and we find it very difficult to come to terms with the real one. When I told a senior member of my own family I was being acknowledged for something grown up, she said, 'Finally.' " Firth thanked the Movies for Grownups voters "for what, and I have yet to run this by my wife, but for what I hope is a rite of passage."

Movies for Grownups Awards Gala

Robert Redford accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award. — Rene Macura

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Movies for Grownups Radio

Download weekly podcasts of celebrity interviews, entertainment news and more. Listen


Movies for Grownups Awards

AARP honors the films and filmmakers who make the movies we want to see. Read

300_line

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Regal Cinemas movie theater

Members can save $3 on soda + popcorn combos at Regal Cinemas. Restrictions apply.

Tanger Outlets

Members can get a free Tanger Coupon Book with discount offers from top brand names.

Live Nation

Members save 25% or more when buying tickets in groups of four from Ticketmaster.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.