Michael Douglas was the man of the hour at the 15th Movies for Grownups Awards Monday — but the ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles was packed with an A-plus list of movie legends, all of whom were out to have a good time. That — and raising money for AARP Foundation — was what the night was all about.
“I’m here to have fun!” said Dick Van Dyke, the first to arrive. The TV legend immediately set the tone, crossing his eyes for the cameras. “I guess I never grew up. I feel 13 years old emotionally.”
Bruce Boxleitner presented the Best Documentary award for The Last Man on the Moon — but that was no moon rock on the finger of Boxleitner’s new fiancée Verena King. “I did a lot of space flight on my TV series Babylon 5,” Boxleitner said, laughing. “But of course, my spaceships were made out of plywood.”
“Lou! Are you turning 50?” Morgan Freeman bellowed as he grabbed his old pal Lou Gossett Jr., 79, by the shoulders. Meanwhile, Wendie Malick yelled for their attention, holding a cellphone camera ready to take a shot. Freeman was there to accept Best Grownup Love Story for 5 Flights Up and Gossett was the presenter.
Best Actress winner Lily Tomlin paid special tribute to her Grandma “costar,” her own 1955 Dodge Lancer. “Her name is Dora Bannister,” Tomlin deadpanned. “She recently had to get new brake pads, which is kind of like knee replacement. But it’s OK because she has Obamacar!”
Meanwhile, Dick Van Dyke was dancing in the wings to "Don’t Leave Me This Way" while onstage it was being performed by disco diva Thelma Houston. “I can still do the chimney sweep dance, 50 years on!” he said.
Best Actor winner Bryan Cranston asked that Van Dyke, his childhood hero, a mentor and friend, present him with his award. “I remember first seeing his work when I was 8 from the back seat of my family’s station wagon at the drive-in theater watching Mary Poppins,” said Cranston, honored for his work in Trumbo.