Photos don't lie. If the star power at this year's Movies for Grownups gala is any indication, our little franchise — just 14 years old — has come of age. Joining us were a who's who of Hollywood talent, many of them winners of a Golden Globe, an Oscar, or both: J.K. Simmons, Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne and Patricia Arquette, to name a few. We also honored Kevin Costner for his long and storied career. Congrats to all — through their work, they have portrayed older adults with dignity and grace, and for that we salute them on your behalf.
Robert Love is editor in chief of AARP The Magazine.
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