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AARP Goes Hollywood Honoring 2015’s Best Movies for Grownups

The 15th annual awards, an AARP Foundation fundraiser, is a glamorous evening of stars

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    You’ve Got to Have Friends

    Bette Midler and Michael Douglas celebrated decades of friendship as well as his Career Achievement Award. She presented the award with a touching and witty tribute, noting that he presented her with a Golden Globe award 30 years before.  

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    The Good Wife

    Catherine Zeta-Jones shared the night with her career achiever husband, walking the red carpet hand-in-hand and enjoying the jokes from the stage.

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    Disrupting Aging

    AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins welcomed octogenarian Rita Moreno to the party, where 15 movies and performances were honored.

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    Happy Host

    Kathy Griffin kept the party hopping and the show flowing . . . and beforehand walked the red carpet in a form-fitting dress that she later said channeled Jane Fonda.

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    Best Buddies

    Patricia Clarkson accepted the Best Buddy Picture award for her work with Ben Kingsley in Learning to Drive. “The first time I worked with Sir Ben I was his lover,” she said. “Now I’m his buddy.”  

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    Intergenerational Favorite

    Ryan Coogler, director of Creed, raised hands with Carl Weathers after receiving his award for Best Intergenerational Movie. Sharing the excitement were costar Phylicia Rashad and producer Irwin Winkler.

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    Real Joy

    Joy Mangano — the real-life Joy from the movie starring Jennifer Lawrence in the title role — flew in from New York to give Joy director David O. Russell his award for Best Screenwriter.

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    A Night for Fun

    Joy writer and director David O. Russell and Lily Tomlin, Best Actress for Grandma, got playful after their award wins.

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    Love & Mercy

    Elizabeth Banks, who played Brian Wilson’s wife Melinda Ledbetter in Love & Mercy, presented the Best Time Capsule award for that movie to director Bill Pohlad. Banks, known for her Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect roles, made her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2.

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    Laughing Matter

    Director Nancy Meyers really gets baby boomers, and her latest movie, The Intern, earned her the Best Comedy award. Intern costar Adam Devine presented the award.

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    Surprise, Mom!

    Diane Ladd, winner of the Best Actress honor for her part in Joy, got both a moving tribute and a surprise visit from daughter Laura Dern, who she did not know would be attending. “She told me she was working,” Ladd told the crowd.

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    Love Story

    Morgan Freeman, whose new thriller, London Has Fallen, opens next month, accepted the award for Best Grownup Love Story for 5 Flights Up, in which he starred with Diane Keaton. Lou Gossett Jr. presented the award.

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    My Mentor

    Bryan Cranston, Oscar-nominated for Trumbo, accepted his Best Actor award for that role from his friend and mentor Dick Van Dyke.  They met when Cranston appeared in an episode of Diagnosis Murder. Next up, he brings his Tony-winning portrayal of Lyndon Baines Johnson to HBO in April.

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    Winning With Grace

    Jane Fonda presented the Best Actress award to her longtime friend and Grace and Frankie costar Lily Tomlin. She paid tribute to their long relationship and recalled another project, the classic comedy 9 to 5.

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    Rocky Reunion

    Creed costar Phylicia Rashad, who plays Apollo Creed’s widow, caught up with Carl Weathers, who played Creed in the original Rocky.

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    In the Spotlight

    Mark Ruffalo, part of the Spotlight team that put that movie in the running for an Oscar, accepted the Movies for Grownups Best Picture award along with director Tom McCarthy. Ben Bradlee Jr., an editor at the Boston Globe during the church sex abuse scandal depicted in the movie, presented the trophy.

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    To the Moon

    Captain Eugene Cernan, the subject of the documentary Last Man on the Moon, got the first standing ovation of the night, along with the movie’s producer Mark Stewart.

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    To Mars and Back

    The Martian director Ridley Scott accepted his Best Director award from Michael Pena, one of the stars of the blockbuster film that is also nominated for an Oscar.  It also received AARP The Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award.

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    Disco Diva

    Thelma Houston provided a rousing rendition of "Don’t Leave Me This Way," a nod to The Martian, in which disco music was featured.

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    Man of the Hour

    Michael Douglas accepted his Career Achievement Award, thanking AARP for “continuing to shine a spotlight on movies for grownups.”

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