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An Awards Night to Remember

Movies for Grownups gala celebrates Costner, Simmons, Russo and Moore

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    Cool Couple

    A Career Achievement award put Kevin Costner, with wife Christine, in a thoughtful mood. He paid tribute to the “tribe I’m in” and called upon his boomer cohort to remember their passions: “There’s still time to go out with a bang.”

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    Rockin’ Russo

    Best Supporting Actress winner for her role in Nightcrawler, Rene Russo (with Oscar-winning screenwriter and presenter David Ward) told the crowd she was thrilled with her “first award ever” from “the coolest generation ever.”

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    One Moore Win and Some Wisdom

    Oscar favorite Julianne Moore elegantly accepted her Best Actress award for Still Alice with a nod to the Alzheimer’s community. “It’s not a condition of aging, it’s a disease,” she said. “There is no cure and there are no survivors.”

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    Toast of the Town

    Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, the stars of Best Picture The Theory of Everything, have seen a lot of each other this awards season. Their gracious acceptance included thanks to “everyone we met who suffers from ALS.”

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    Stylin’ Irons

    Oscar winner Jeremy Irons kept the gala audience rapt as he praised Redmayne and Jones — actors who, he said, perfectly fit their roles, then delivered extraordinary performances to make The Theory of Everything the night’s Best Picture.

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    Better Later

    Best Supporting Actor honoree J.K. Simmons, also an Oscar front-runner for his role in Whiplash, recalled that he was 43 when he landed his first “camera” acting job. “The joy of what we get to do [as actors],” he said, “is collaborate.”

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    Presenting the Best Director award to “my friend and director” Richard Linklater for Boyhood, Patricia Arquette — also an Oscar nominee for the film — hailed the movie as “exceptional because Rick chose to make a movie about the unexceptional, the everyday.”

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    You’ve Got the Power!

    Richard Linklater thanked AARP for the honor of Best Director. “I’m grateful to you guys,” he said — then called upon older moviegoers to make their economic might known so Hollywood will produce more such films.

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    Red Hot

    Hot in Cleveland star Wendie Malick (left) and her best friend, actress Penelope Ann Miller, looked perfectly suited to present the stars of Land Ho! their Best Buddy Picture award.

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    Here Come the Buds

    Earl Lynn Nelson (left) and Paul Eenhoorn comported themselves like the pals they play in Land Ho! and revealed they want to make a sequel. They used their award moment to jokingly announce a Kickstarter campaign for movie #2.

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    The Fast and Famous Friend

    Costner’s latest costar in the new film Black or White, the Oscar-winning Octavia Spencer, paid loving tribute to her friend — an actor she called “a man of few words.” (Costner’s mantel holds a pair of statuettes itself.)

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    Top Chef

    Emjay Anthony, the adorable young star of Chef, confessed to a case of nerves while presenting his onscreen father, Jon Favreau, with the award for Best Comedy. The AARP audience “let us play all the way through summer,” said Favreau, by supporting the film with their attendance. 

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    Grownups Definitely Allowed

    Chris Pratt, star of Guardians of the Galaxy and NBC’s Parks and Recreation, presented The Lego Movie its award for Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up. The film lets “both grownups and kids build on their shared experience of building with Lego blocks,” said Pratt.

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    Outspoken Advocate

    Maria Shriver, with Kevin Costner before dinner, presented Julianne Moore her Best Actress award for Still Alice, which Shriver produced. “She brings the diagnosis to life,” said Shriver, urging the audience to work to eradicate Alzheimer’s “in our lifetime.”

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    Murray’s BFF

    Jaeden Lieberher smoothly presented the award for Best Intergenerational Film to St. Vincent, in which he starred with Bill Murray, now his friend. The young actor (and 6th-grader) has made three movies since his winning turn in St. Vincent.

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    A 'Wild' Night

    Laura Dern, daughter of last year’s MFG Best Actor Bruce Dern, represented the movie Wild, in which she plays Reese Witherspoon’s mother. Dern gave its award for Best Screenwriter to collaborators Cheryl Strayed and Nick Hornby in absentia (they were off on book tours).    

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    Kiss and Tell

    Singer Rick Springfield, proudly embracing 65, introduced a 2015 preview of potential MFG winners. Among them is his own Ricki and the Flash — in which, the General Hospital alumnus crowed, “I get to make out with Meryl Streep.”

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    Roll Credits

    After all the hoopla, Kevin and Christine Costner finally get to share a private moment.

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