Tune in to PBS Jan. 19 to see all the 2019 award winners.
What? You weren’t invited to Hollywood’s A-list party on Jan. 11 — the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards in Beverly Hills? No problem! You can get an armchair view of all the action Jan. 19 at 6/5c on PBS’ Great Performances (check local listings) or stream it the following day on pbs.org/moviesforgrownups and the PBS Video app, as well as hear what the dressed-to-the-nines stars said on the red carpet at aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups.
You’ll feel like you’re part of the scene watching the glittery crowd as they cracked up as jaunty host Tony Danza — who called himself “the anti-Gervais” — joked, sang and nimbly tap-danced (at 68). Conan O’Brien hilariously razzed his friend Adam Sandler before presenting him with the Movies for Grownups best actor award for his most mature artistic achievement to date, Uncut Gems.
Celebrities went “Aw!” when Warren Beatty beamed at his wife, career achievement award winner Annette Bening, and when Diane Ladd presented her daughter Laura Dern with the best supporting actress award for Marriage Story (an honor that helped fuel the buzz that sent Dern to the Oscar stage, as well). They teared up when Maria “Midnight at the Oasis” Muldaur presented Linda Ronstadt, her chum since they started together in 1967, with the documentary award for Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.
“It’s a great privilege to become a grownup, to accept this AARP award,” said Ronstadt.
Lots of stars exulted in being at what, in so many cases, is their creative prime. “I’m 50, and I kinda like it,” said Renée Zellweger (best actress winner for Judy, another Oscar-bound performer). “I am a card-carrying adult,” joked Jamie Lee Curtis, who accepted the best ensemble award for Knives Out alongside Don Johnson and director Rian Johnson). “I wear it in my body and in my mind and very deep in my heart.” Alan Alda handed the best screenplay award to his Marriage Story director, Noah Baumbach, 50, who quipped, “I want to thank AARP for letting me into the club finally.”
Harvey Keitel, who presented Martin Scorsese with the best picture award for The Irishman, to applause from Robert De Niro, said, “I am honored to stand up in front of you grownups. You have no idea how hard Marty and Robert and I have worked to become one of you.” Juliette Lewis, who made her breakthrough in Scorsese’s Cape Fear, presented the Hollywood luminary with the best director award and said, “I think this is my new favorite awards show.”
The AARP Movies for Grownups program — which includes weekly movie reviews, features on grownup stars in AARP The Magazine and free sneak preview screenings for over 100,000 AARP members nationwide — champions movies by and for grownups by advocating for the 50-plus audience, fighting industry ageism and encouraging films that resonate with older viewers. Proceeds from the awards raise funds for AARP Foundation, the charitable affiliate of AARP, which works to end senior poverty.
So this is a show that’s all for a good cause. But the main thing: Movies for Grownups may be the most fun awards program in Hollywood — and you’re on the VIP guest list.
From our friends at AARP