♪♪ -Major funding for 'Great Performances' is provided by... and by contributions to your PBS station from viewers like you.
♪♪ -Assistant, show us the exit.
-Don't worry, I'm also in the Guild.
-♪ I've always been the one to say the first goodbye ♪ ♪ Had to love and lose a hundred million times ♪ ♪ Had to get it wrong to know just what I like ♪ -Sorry? -Anne. Where is she?
-♪ You say my name like I have never heard before ♪ -You ever get lonely out here?
-I know I'd be more lonely there than here.
-You're too happy with your scraps to really understand what is at stake here.
-I think you need to let go a little.
-You don't just give up on the people you love.
-I want them to know their dad sees greatness in them.
-♪ Oh, no -Whoo!
-Well, how do you overthrow, or dismember, as you say, a government peacefully?
-In this country, we do it every four years.
-♪ Am I falling in love -My client, he's not a suspect.
He's a witness.
-♪ That could break my heart ♪♪ ♪♪ -Good evening, and welcome to 'Movies for Grownups with I'm Hoda Kotb, and I'm excited to be your host, coming to you from Rockefeller Center.
Now, tonight's celebration looks a little bit different than our shows of the past, but then again, the way we've enjoyed movies over the last 12 months is also different than it was in the past.
Now, although the pandemic has limited the shared experience of moviegoing, our love of and need for compelling storytelling and captivating performances is unchanged.
Over the past two decades, AARP's 'Movies for Grownups' has honored some of the biggest stars and brightest filmmakers for artistic excellence.
Our original focus was to encourage more movies about grownups, written, directed, and starring grownups.
Well, since then, we've seen a dramatic increase in films and television programs for a grownup sensibility.
Likewise, our award ceremonies have grown, attracting the biggest names in Hollywood to celebrate each other's work.
Major stars, writers, producers, and directors have recognized the importance of these awards and turned out to support the honorees.
AARP is proud of the fact that 'Movies for Grownups' has become an important player during awards season and has often been a predictor of other big awards.
Our past winners have expressed their deep passion for what we do and have captured the spirit of these awards.
-The oldest form of storytelling, which is fairy tales, as we grow older, we feel that need.
We feel the need to sing a little lullaby.
-Life keeps surprising us.
That's what makes it so rich with possibility.
-I don't feel like we're getting older.
I feel like we're winning, you know?
-Very recently, I turned 50, and my very first birthday present was from AARP.
And all I can say is it's sexy. It's fun.
It's amazing. It's creative. It's inventive.
I'm having the time of my life.
-But thank God there's a Jedi pension plan.
[ Laughter ] -So, thank you very much.
-Such wonderful memories.
And tonight's presentation promises to deliver some equally unforgettable moments.
Now, throughout this evening, we will honor our winners in a safe and socially distanced manner.
Though we are not in the same physical space, their appreciation will be on full display as we bring you to them.
As we recognize some outstanding performances, we'll also share scenes of the five films nominated for Best Movie for Grownups.
Now, to tell us about the first nominee, here's the star of 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday,' Grammy Award-winning singer Andra Day.
-The legendary Billie Holiday, one of the great jazz artists of all time, was adored by fans across the globe.
At the same time, she was the target of a federal undercover sting operation led by federal agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.
I'm so proud to be a part of this film and very pleased to say this is 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday.'
♪♪ -♪ Southern trees -Get her off that stage.
-♪ Bear strange fruit They won't let me sing nowhere.
No clubs, no money, no nothing.
You got to understand, baby, right now, I'm in a situation.
-Well, you said we could beat this, Billie.
-I need some now.
♪ Blood on the leaves ♪♪ -She's singing it for all of us.
Ain't no other Negro star bold enough to do it.
-♪ Black bodies swinging I'm being followed.
I'm not going to cower to no feds.
♪ In the Southern breeze -She's made something of herself, and you can't take it because she's strong, beautiful, and Black.
-♪ Strange fruit hanging ♪ From the poplar trees [ Applause ] ♪♪ -[ Chanting ] Billie! Billie! Billie!
-You think I'm gonna stop singing that song?
Your grandkids'll be singing 'Strange Fruit.'
♪♪ -Andra Day, what an incredible acting debut from an extraordinary singer.
Now, our first award of the evening.
This year's trophy for Best Supporting Actor goes to Demián Bichir for his performance as the unexpected and reflective companion to a bereaved woman in 'Land.'
Directed by the film's star, Robin Wright, here are a few moments of Demián Bichir's wise and charismatic presence in 'Land.'
-What's that? -Broth.
-Oh, I smelled bacon. -That's for me.
I'm not supposed to give you any of that.
I'll make you some, as soon as Alawa says you can have it.
-How did you find me?
-I was on a hunt, and, uh, I noticed on my way by here there was chimney smoke, like any cabin would have this time of year.
And then on my way back, there was no smoke.
-Where are you helping me?
-You were in my path.
-Now it is my pleasure to present the Movies for Grownups award for Best Supporting Actor to Demián Bichir.
-I'm -- I'm deeply honored.
Thank you so much to the AARP.
You know, I've always thought that I will be wiser, and, uh -- and life will be way better when I, uh, reach 50 and after that.
And I was right. I just didn't know it was going to be good.
It's been fantastic, you know?
They say -- In Mexico, there's a saying that -- that youth, it's an illness that gets, uh -- gets cured by time.
[ Chuckles ] So time, you know, makes us better.
That's without a doubt.
And, and, uh, I-I just want to thank my beautiful director in 'Land,' Robin Wright.
This couldn't have happened without her and her generosity and the way she trusted Miguel in my hands.
And I want to dedicate this award to all the grownups in the world.
Thank you all very much.
You have made me very, very happy and proud.
♪♪ -Next, the award for Best Actress goes to an artist who has consistently delivered performances of complexity and great depth for the last seven decades.
I am delighted to say that this award goes to the legendary Sophia Loren for 'The Life Ahead.'
Here's a brief look.
[ Doorbell rings ] Now, it's not often that an actress is directed in an award-winning performance by her son, but Sophia Loren has always been a trend-setter.
So here to talk about that experience is the director of the film, Edoardo Ponti, and his mother, Sophia Loren.
[ Speaks Italian ] Congratulations.
-This is your first film in 11 years.
How did it feel walking on the set of the film for the first time after so long?
Were you nervous? Were you excited?
-Both, excited and, uh -- and also nervous, yes.
But happy, very happy.
-In your career, you -- you've played amazing characters.
And they always combine strength and fragility together.
Why are you attracted to this combination?
-I think it has to do a lot about the life I have, uh -- I went through, the war, uh, about the life of my mother.
Uh, she was a-a great, great pianist, beautiful, beautiful woman, but, uh, in her, um, love life, she was not very, very happy.
And so I lived through her, the -- the anguish of being unhappy.
-You've been acting for 70 years, and I feel like you could go on for another 100 years.
What is it about acting -- -Oh. [ Chuckles ] -Yeah, it's true.
What is it about acting that you love so much?
-Because it's a way of living.
It's a way of, uh, feeling things.
I like to feel things a lot.
-Well, today, right now, we all feel very, very happy and very proud of you for what you have achieved, not only in this movie, but in your life.
And all this today is represented by this wonderful award that the AARP has given you.
So once again, congratulations, Mammina.
I'm so, so, so proud of you.
I'm proud of you, too.
And thank you, 'Movies for Grownups,' for the Best Actress award.
♪♪ -Now to introduce our next nominated movie, from the large ensemble cast of 'The Trial of the Chicago 7,' here are Sacha Baron Cohen, who plays Abbie Hoffman, Eddie Redmayne who portrays Tom Hayden, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who plays Bobby Seale.
-In 'The Trial of the Chicago 7,' Aaron Sorkin reminds us, as only he can, how courage and conviction can change the course of history.
In 1968, a new generation dared to stand up against war and racism.
They were met with batons and tear gas of the old order.
What happened then helps us understand today.
The film actually holds up a mirror to current events and illustrates how the fight for truth and justice must never stop.
-Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, and Bobby Seale, along with five others, were charged with and convicted of crossing state lines with intent to incite a riot.
Last month marks 51 years since the United States watched as these men were convicted and sentenced.
-It's been said that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Those words have never been more potent than they are today.
This is 'The Trial of the Chicago 7.'
-We're going to Chicago to protest the Vietnam War.
-There's no place to be right now but in it.
We watched for a decade while these rebels without a job tell us how to prosecute a war.
Well, they're going to spend their 30s in a federal facility.
-People say, 'You know, Abbie, are you concerned about an overreaction from the cops?'
♪♪ -Are The People ready to make opening arguments?
-At the defense table, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Dave Dellinger, Rennie Davis, Lee Weiner, John Froines, Tom Hayden, and Bobby Seale.
-These defendants had a plan and the plan was to incite a riot.
-My trial's begun without my lawyer.
-The court assumes you are being represented by the Black Panther sitting behind you.
-The riots were started by the Chicago Police Department.
-Sustained. -Nobody objected.
-We dealt with jury tampering, wire tapping, a defendant that was literally gagged.
-Get your hands off me!
-You're the first to suggest that I have discriminated against a Black man.
-Then let the record show that I'm the second.
-♪ Here I am -[ Chanting ] The whole world is watching!
-This is what revolution looks like, real revolution.
-We may have to hurt somebody's feelings.
-[ Chanting ] The whole world is watching!
-Is this prosecution politically motivated?
-I'm tired of hearing you. -It would be impossible for me to care any less what you are tired of.
-♪ Here I am -[ Chanting ] The whole world is watching!
-There will be order!
-[ Chanting ] The whole world is watching!
-We have to find some courage now.
-[ Chanting ] The whole world is watching!
The whole world is watching!
-How much is it worth to you? What's your price?
-To call off the revolution?
-♪ Open your eyes ♪ 'Cause a new day is dawning -This year's Career Achievement Award goes to a superb actor, director, writer, and producer who is brilliant in both television and film.
A two-time Oscar winner, he is a true artist in front of and behind the camera.
He's a humanitarian who is tireless in his efforts to help those in need around the globe and a warm, caring friend to all he meets.
Let's take a look at just a few highlights from the film career of George Clooney.
-5, 4, 3, 2.
♪♪ -♪ I am a man of constant sorrow ♪ ♪ I've seen trouble on my grave ♪ ♪ I bid farewell to old Kentucky ♪ ♪ The place where I was born and raised ♪ -Master plan, phase one, side A.
-What do you see here? -Bunker, sir.
-I'm talking about millions in Kuwaiti bullion.
-You mean them little cubes you put in hot water to make soup?
-No, not the little cubes you put in hot water to make soup.
-No bills off the bottom of the drawer, please.
Is it your first time being robbed?
Well, you're doing great. Just smile, Loretta, so you don't look like you're being held up.
-These things are going to hold us, right?
[ Exhales slowly ] -Mitch? [ Gunshots ] -Move it, twerp.
♪♪ -[ Coughs ] -Aah!
Aah! Come on, you bitch!
♪♪ -If anything happens to me or my family, an accident, an accusation, anything, then first, your son will disappear.
His body will never be found. Then your wife.
Her body will never be found, either.
Now, this is guaranteed.
-You can just turn out all the lights and just close your eyes and tune out everybody.
There's nobody up here that can hurt you.
♪♪ I mean, what's the point of going on?
What's the point of living?
-You're not going to be one of these people that goes through life wondering why... keeps falling out the sky around them.
I know that. I know it.
-Goodbye, my love.
-We are going with the story that says that the US Air Force tried Milo Radulovich without one shred of evidence and found him guilty of being a security risk.
-Wouldn't you guess that the people who have seen the contents of that envelope -- -Who are the people?
Are they elected? Are they appointed?
-Listen, I think you have some very good ideas, but you know nothing about the realities of my industry.
You can set up an iChat, but you don't know how people think.
-Actually, I minored in psychology.
Okay, kiddo. Fire me.
-Does that have shell food in it?
-Shell food? -Well, I've got a sensitivity.
I go into anaphylactic shock.
My larynx swells up and then close-- Oh, what the hell. Live dangerously, huh?
-I have traveled many a weary mile to be back with my wife and my six daughters.
-That ain't your daddy, Alvinelle.
You daddy was hit by a train.
-Now, you want to blow my science project?
-What science project, running a scam contest?
♪♪ ♪♪ -Towel, please.
[ Smack ] -Oh.
-You're a thief and a liar.
-I only lied about being a thief, and I don't do that anymore.
I don't think he speaks English or Latin.
I have a phobia of wolves!
♪♪ What a beautiful creature.
Wish him luck, boys.
-Good luck to you. -Good luck, Wolf.
-Good luck out there.
♪♪ -I am so happy to introduce this year's Career Achievement Award winner, George Clooney.
Let me be the one to congratulate you on your big award here, Movies for Grownups.
Just tell me what it means to you, George, to be recognized by the AARP.
-Well it's terrifying. I mean, let's be honest.
I used to make jokes about, you know, being on the cover of I suppose the most important thing I can say is thank you very much to all of the people and to AARP for this distinguished honor, and I can use the word 'distinguished' because you have to be distinguished to be in AARP.
But in all honesty, it's just a great group.
I-I'm very proud to, uh -- to be part of all of this. It's fun.
And, you know, most of my friends are senior citizens now, so... -Hollywood, as we know, has been -- Like, it always has been, I guess, youth-obsessed, or at least that's the way that people think of it.
You've been in the industry for a long time.
You're knocking on 60.
You -- You're doing all kinds of wonderful things, but just tell me about the importance of experience.
-Experience is the -- is the key.
It keeps you from panicking in, uh, in situations that you would normally panic, and it gives you perspective, 'cause sometimes things seem bigger in real life.
Uh, and then if you step back and you have a little, uh, perspective, you realize it's not that big, and you'll survive those things.
And so, you know, experience is the whole game.
-That must change your choices.
I mean, you've done all kinds of movies.
You've done blockbusters and comedies and thrillers.
And a lot of the stuff that you do, too, also has a real social message.
Do you feel like your choices have changed a lot?
-They have changed some. You know what it is?
It's less about the projects, because I still like to do projects that are, you know, uh, edgy at times and things.
I think that the bigger issues are about your schedule itself.
Maybe you have some of this experience, but it's, um -- there's -- you know, the last four years or so, I've spent a lot more time sort of on our life, on our foundation and working on things that matter in that way and also on having, you know, two knuckleheads at home that we have to look out for.
-And by the way, has having young kids, did that turn you into a real grownup?
-No. God, no.
No, in fact, it's actually the opposite of that.
My kids are the adults, because I'm constantly going, 'Come here.
I got a move for you.'
And I work on terrible things to, you know -- to gross out their mom, and, you know, my son thinks it's hysterical, and my daughter's like, you know, 'Papa! Stop it.'
-I'm happy to know that Hollywood's most notorious prankster is still at it and not giving up that -- that mantle.
-No, can't give that up. -George, thanks so much again.
Congratulations on this award. We're real happy for you.
-Thank you, Hoda. And it's good to see you.
Our next nominee for Best Movie for Grownups, 'Minari,' is a multigenerational depiction of America that's been hailed for its arresting performances, including one in particular.
Here's the actress who plays the mischievous grandmother, Yuh-Jung Youn.
-In this tender and sweeping story, a Korean-American dad pursues his American dream by moving his family to a farm in 1980s Arkansas.
Their situation is complicated by the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but... loving grandmother.
Among the challenges of this new life, lies the resilience of family and what really makes a home.
This is 'Minari.'
-If you're here with us for the first time, please stand.
What a beautiful family.
Glad you're here.
♪♪ -How's your daddy like that new farm?
He growing things good, doing things right?
♪♪ -But I don't like Grandma.
♪♪ ♪♪ -You need to find water somewhere.
If that soil ain't wet, you're going to lose the crop.
♪♪ ♪♪ -Oh, pretty boy. Pretty boy.
-I'm not pretty! I'm good-looking!
-[ Chuckles ] -For the first time ever on our 'Movies for Grownups' telecast, we're presenting some of our awards which recognize outstanding television work that appeals to a grownup state of mind.
To present the first of those awards, here's the CEO of AARP, Jo Ann Jenkins.
-Thank you, Hoda.
I'm so very proud that this year, 'Movies for Grownups' is recognizing quality television content that resonates with our audience -- viewers with grownup sensibilities.
For two decades, AARP has championed those in the industry who have risen above widespread ageism -- something that can impact every workplace.
I'm also happy to say that the programs and performances we honor tonight are not only made for grownups, they are created by grownups.
-The winner of our first-ever award for the Best TV Movie/Limited Series, 'The Queen's Gambit,' features multigenerational relationships and stars an actress who, after spending the past few years as a successful director, was lured back in front of the camera by a role she just had to play.
Before I present this award to that actress, Marielle Heller, let's take a look at 'The Queen's Gambit.'
[ Indistinct conversations ] -I'm sorry.
[ Clock ticking ] [ Sniffs ] ♪♪ -Beth?
I was thinking... perhaps you could give me 10% as an agent's commission.
-[ Sighs ] Let's make it 15%, which would be $49.54.
-They told me at Methuen you were marvelous at math.
-It is my great pleasure to present the award for best TV Movie/Limited Series to 'The Queen's Gambit.'
Accepting for the series is Marielle Heller.
-It's truly an honor to be accepting the first-ever AARP Movie For Grownups Award for best Limited Series on behalf of the incredible team both in front of and behind the camera for 'The Queen's Gambit.'
To be part of a show that has been so fervently adored and devoured during a global pandemic has been beyond rewarding, and I'm proud to have been even a small part of it.
I'm a director, really, and I started as an actor, but I hadn't acted in 10 years.
It was going to take a grownup, complex, multi-layered character like Alma Wheatley to get me to return to acting, the type of woman we don't often get to see on-screen.
Thank you, Scott Frank Allan Scott, Bill Horberg, and Netflix for creating and supporting this series.
And thank you, Movies for Grownups and AARP, for celebrating complex, high-quality, and thought-provoking work made for grownups by grownups.
-Now, the award for Best Actor, TV/Streaming goes to Mark Ruffalo for his challenging performance as both Dominick Birdsey and Thomas, the identical twin brother he struggles to care for, in 'I Know This Much Is True.'
-What do you want that for?
-Because I want to wash with it.
I feel like if maybe if I wash with it, it'd help me heal my infection.
-But it looks good, buddy.
-Your -- Your wrist.
Looks like it's healing.
I think if I wash with the river water, it'll help heal my brain.
♪♪ -I am very pleased to present the award for Best Actor, TV/Streaming to Mark Ruffalo.
-Hello, brothers and sisters of the AARP.
Uh, it's Mark Ruffalo here, and, uh, I just want to tell you how grateful I am for this honor.
I, um, have been working on this project for several years.
It's something that was -- I read as a book and was moved by.
It felt familiar to me as an Italian immigrant, someone who's had, um, mental health issues, uh, in their family, someone who struggled with depression, um, myself, and, um, someone who just believes that it's our relationships to each other, that -- that make this world, um, a meaningful place.
And, um, it's those hard relationships that make us grow.
And so I, uh -- I was honored to be able to play this part, to talk about America, talk about mental illness, talk about healing and forgiveness and integration.
And, uh, I hope all that for all of you.
Take care. Lord love ya.
♪♪ -We'll continue our recognition of exceptional television work with the award for Best Series.
It goes to a heartwarming and emotional family drama which, for the last five seasons, has chronicled the lives of two parents and their three children at different time frames.
Here's a look at 'This is Us.'
-By the time you guys hear this, you're going to be teenagers and probably harder on us than you already are.
So let me just remind you that your mom is the kind of woman who buries a crappy doodle because when it comes to the people that she loves, she does not mess around.
And, Beck, if you're hearing this and I've grown stupid in middle age, and I don't tell you enough, man, do I love you.
[ Chuckles ] Oh, man, this is going to be really embarrassing if it actually was a bird who stole my crappy doodle, and it never made it into the capsule, so, uh... Yeah, okay.
♪♪ -And now to accept on behalf of 'This is Us,' here is Milo Ventimiglia.
♪♪ -On behalf of the cast, producers, writers, and the entire crew of 'This Is Us,' we'd like to thank and Movies for Grownups for this award.
We're very proud to be part of a show that speaks to a grownup audience.
Every day, new parents, adoptive parents, and grandparents let us know how their lives relate to that of the Pearsons.
We are told stories.
We are shown photos, and oftentimes, we hear that we've made people cry.
The truth is the real moments, the real stories that are shared by you to us, well, those make us cry.
So thank you for that.
Thank you very, very much for this honor.
♪♪ -For Best Actress, TV/Streaming, the award goes to Catherine O'Hara for her hilarious performance as Moira Rose, the matriarch of a formerly filthy-rich family now living in a motel in the rural city limits.
Here are a few priceless moments from 'Schitt's Creek.'
-We are gathered here today to celebrate the love between two people whose lives were ostensibly brought together by the fated flap of a butterfly wing.
It is all but impossible to explain why things happen the way they do.
Our lives are like little baby crows, carried upon a curious wind, and all we can wish for our families, for those we love, is that that wind will eventually place us on solid ground.
And I believe it's done just that for my family here in this little town, in the middle of nowhere.
-Okay, I think we're good.
-I am overjoyed to present the award for Best Actress, TV/Streaming to one of the funniest women you'll ever see, Catherine O'Hara.
-Thank you, magazine editors, for including television in this year's Movies for Grownups awards.
Thank you for recognizing all the entertainment that has provided comfort, cheer, food for thought, and a few laughs to the world of shut-ins in this past year of 2020.
And thank you for associating me with these wonderful women.
I'm -- I'm just happy to be alive, let alone working.
And I will always be grateful to Eugene and Daniel Levy for inviting me to be part of their 'Schitt's Creek' and for writing such fun, funny, custom-made stories for my sexagenarian Moira.
Here's to your good health, to your continuing adventures, to upping your vocabulary game, and to wearing whatever the hell you want.
♪♪ -Congratulations to all of the winners in first-time television categories.
Now we shift our focus back to feature films and our next nominee for Best Movie for Grownups.
To tell us about it, one of the stars of the film.
He's a Tony Award-winning actor for his performance on Broadway in the mega-hit 'Hamilton.'
Here is Leslie Odom Jr.
-Our movie is the fictional account of one incredible night in which the new heavyweight champion of the world, Cassius Clay, celebrates his victory with his closest friends -- Malcolm X, Jim Brown, and the character I play, Mr. Sam Cooke.
Taxed by the intense social pressure of their celebrity and determined to define a world all for themselves and their communities, these towering icons of the civil rights movement discuss their roles and responsibilities as men of tremendous influence.
This is 'One Night in Miami.'
♪♪ -You brothers, you could move mountains without lifting a finger.
-Minister Malcolm X.
-Good news -- The chariot is coming.
-Who's the greatest? -You are!
-That's right. -Jim Brown takes the ball.
-Your record is going to stand the test of time.
-♪ All together, yeah ♪♪ -The entire city of Miami is celebrating.
I'm the new heavyweight champion on the world, and I don't even have a scratch on my face.
Oh, my goodness.
-Cassius. -What's wrong, Cash?
-Why am I so pretty?
-Oh. -[ Laughs ] -Hey, congratulations, champ.
-I can get used to that.
-[ Rapping ] ♪ I was made in America ♪ Land of the free, home of the brave ♪ -This movement that we are in is called a struggle, because we are fighting for our lives!
-♪ Welcome to America -This ain't about civil rights.
-♪ Welcome to America -They giving Black people what they really want.
-And what's that?
-♪ Hey, I was made in America ♪ That's why I'm out here saving America ♪ -Power. -Black power.
-I like the sound of that.
-♪ I wish I lived in America -We have to be there for each other.
-♪ Heard everybody rich, all I gotta do is run, jump, kick ♪ ♪ I'm a hit in your area ♪ I done made it to America, I'm amazed at America ♪ ♪ Welcome to America ♪♪ -The award for Best Supporting Actress goes to Jodie Foster, as the defense attorney of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian citizen who was suspected of helping to plan the 9/11 terrorist attacks and held without charge in Guantanamo Bay.
Let's see a brief glimpse of her powerful portrayal of the true-life story 'The Mauritanian.'
-I'd like you to consider releasing your letters.
-To a newspaper?
-Maybe a book.
People need to read your story for themselves.
And it will put pressure on the government to give us a court date.
-I'm ready for that.
[ Muezzin singing ] -Would you like me to step outside?
-No. Keep going.
-You don't want to pray?
-Are you religious now?
Why do you care?
I care about you.
-What do you want me to sign, Nancy?
Who am I suing today?
-No one today.
-Then why are you here?
-No reason in particular.
I just didn't want you to be alone.
-I am very happy to present the award for Best Supporting Actress to Jodie Foster.
-Hey, there. I was going to run around the room a couple hundred times, but I'm supposed to be a grownup.
So I'm going to be sober.
Yes! I won the AARP Best Supporting Actress award.
How fantastic is that?
Um, I guess I'd like to thank, uh, mostly Kevin MacDonald, amazing director, uh, for allowing me to play the incredible Nancy Hollander, um, all my co-stars -- Tahar Rahim, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley, who I love and especially Mohamedou Ould Slahi to be able to be a part of his story.
Uh, this is a man who was -- spent 15 years of his life under fear and terror and emerged as a spiritual, wonderful, affectionate, loving, forgiving human being.
And we have a lot to learn from him, from Mohamedou, who I love.
Um, yeah. And to everybody out there, Um, Aaron Rodgers, uh, my friends, people out there who read magazine, thank you so much for supporting me and for supporting the movie.
♪♪ -Oh, it's always so great to see Jodie Foster.
And as the blockbuster thriller 'Silence of the Lambs' marks its 30th anniversary, it's appropriate that we now honor her beloved co-star in that film.
This year's award for Best Actor goes to an artist of remarkable talent, Sir Anthony Hopkins in 'The Father.'
Here's a look at his compelling portrait of an aging man who rejects his daughter's assistance as he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind, and even the fabric of his reality.
-My job is to help people who need help.
-Oh, sounds like one of those girls you're always trying to dump off on me, dear.
Must be a difficult job, isn't it?
I mean, uh, spending all day with one of those.
Ugh. I mean, I couldn't stand it.
Am I right? [ Both laugh ] -What about you? What did you do for a living?
-Oh, I was a dancer. -Were you?
-You were an engineer.
-What do you know about it?
Yes, tap dancing was my specialty.
-Really? -You seem surprised.
-Yeah, a little bit.
-Why? Don't you believe me?
Oh, you find that difficult to imagine?
-[ Chuckling ] Of course. It's just, I've -- I've always loved tap dancing.
-You, really? Wow.
I'm still great at it. I'll show you.
-[ Laughing ] -Ay! [ Laughs ] Jolly good.
Why are you laughing?
-[ Laughing ] I'm sorry.
-I know -- I know who she reminds me of.
-It's Lucy, Lucy when she was younger.
-Lucy? -Yeah, my other daughter.
-[ Laughs ] -That's right.
There's a resemblance, don't you think?
-Yes. Yes. -[ Laughing ] -Her unbearable habit of laughing inanely.
I had you there, didn't I?
♪♪ -It is truly an honor to present the award for Best Actor to Sir Anthony Hopkins.
-Hello, AARP, all of you there.
Many, many thanks for your generous award to me for 'The Father,' which was the highlight of my life, uh, an important film for me to do because I'm at that age of 83.
And, um, the subject is something that we all are becoming aware of -- um, dementia, Alzheimer's.
And, uh, it is a serious problem in families and, um, causes great grief to the sufferer and to the families around.
So I just want to say, I hope the audiences, when the film is released, take away from this, the importance of really, um, paying attention to their lives and paying attention to people who may be on the edge of dementia, on the edge of Alzheimer's, watching out for those symptoms.
It's a painful, painful subject to deal with.
And, uh, I'm very honored to have been offered the part of, um, 'The Father' and with such an incredible cast -- Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams, and everyone, um, just quite extraordinary, and it made it so easy for me to work with such an amazing cast of actors.
So thank you again very much.
Very happy to receive this award.
God bless you all. Thank you.
♪♪ -Now with some words about our next nominee for 'Best Movie for Grownups,' here is the co-writer and director of 'Nomadland,' Chloé Zhao.
-After losing everything during the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern, played by Frances McDormand, packs her van and sets off on a journey through the American West.
As she explores life outside of conventional society, she encounters the support system of fellow nomads.
This is 'Nomadland.'
-My mom says that you're homeless.
Is that true?
-No, I'm not homeless.
I'm just house-less.
Not the same thing, right?
-My husband worked at the USG mine in Empire.
I was a substitute teacher.
-It is a tough time right now.
You may want to consider early retirement.
-I need work. I like work.
What the nomads are doing is not that different than what the pioneers did.
-You gotta make the hole bigger. [ Laughter ] -I think Fern's part of an American tradition.
-Oh! He's going to come right through the glass.
My dad used to say, 'What's remembered lives.'
I maybe spent too much of my life... Fern!
♪♪ ♪♪ -Many directors will say that it can be of tremendous importance to be of one mind with their screenwriter.
Some directors insist on having their writer on-set at all times.
The winning writer-director team we recognize with our next two awards is even closer than that -- They're the same supremely gifted individual.
Aaron Sorkin credits Steven Spielberg as the voice that urged him to direct his own screenplay of 'The Trial of the Chicago 7.'
Now, we have no way of knowing whether Aaron Sorkin the director always saw eye-to-eye with Aaron Sorkin the writer, but we do know that the film is both timely and terrific.
It's a pleasure to present the awards for Screenwriter and Director to Aaron Sorkin.
-Thank you very much to and Movies for Grownups for recognizing 'The Trial of the Chicago 7.'
This is a great honor for the cast and crew, the designers, the post-production team, and for me, though, personally, I have to say that as nice as this is, nothing could top the honor of being included in this group of nominees.
Even by Hollywood standards, this film took a long time to make.
When I started writing it, I was 45 years old.
When I finished making it, I'd been a member of the AARP for nine years.
When I started writing it, it was simply a good story to tell.
When I finished making it, it had become chillingly relevant in ways I never imagined.
Last May when people all over the country took to the streets to protest the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, those protesters were met with riot clubs and tear gas.
Watching the news footage of the protesters clashing with the police, I thought if you just degraded the color a little, it would look exactly like the news footage we used from 1968.
I'm of the belief that the greatest delivery system ever invented for an idea is a story.
And I'm grateful to the AARP for recognizing this story and all the people it took to make it.
It was a 14-year climb and worth every minute.
Thank you very much.
♪♪ -We have come to our final award of the night.
Throughout our celebration, we've shared moments from the films nominated for Best Movie for Grownups.
Well, it is my honor to say that the award goes to... 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday.'
To present the award to the director, Lee Daniels, once again, here's the star of the film, Andra Day.
-Congratulations, Lee, and congratulations to our whole team, who put their hearts and souls into this movie.
So first off, let's talk about why you wanted to make a film about Billie Holiday.
-You know, 'Lady Sings the Blues' inspired me so much as a kid, as a teenager.
I wanted to make people feel the way I felt.
And I think that that movie set me off to the trajectory of -- of making a film.
But it wasn't the complete true story.
And, uh, when Suzan-Lori Parks gave me this incredible script, there was no way I could turn it down.
I mean, we find out that the government is taking her down, doing everything they can to stop this lady from singing 'Strange Fruit.'
And for that, I think she is a civil rights leader, and she kicked off the civil rights movement as we know it to be, and I had to honor her.
-It meant a lot to me to help you tell this story and that you trusted me to dive in with you and to bring this story to life.
-You are magnificent, Andra.
Yeah, I don't know that I could have even done this movie without you.
You are my hero, and you've done Billie Holiday justice.
-And I feel exactly the same way about you.
There is no way I could have done anything like this with anybody else.
So you really inspire me and are my hero, as well. too.
-I think that if Billie Holiday was able to do what she was able to do back in her day, we have to take example of that and -- and we've got to do more.
And I think that, um, I don't know whether or not it will be accomplished in our grownup lifetime.
I don't believe so.
The country is damaged. It's fractured.
I think it's gonna happen maybe, if we're doing the work, in our grandkids' generation.
We have to look at systemic racism.
We have to look it dead in the eye.
We've got to address it so that this country, this nation can heal.
-Yeah. That's Right.
Perfectly said, as usual.
[ Both laugh ] Congratulations, Lee. -Thank you.
Thank you to everybody, from the cast and crew to -- to the studio, everybody.
Thank you for all your support and my mom, my kids.
Thank you, Movies for Grownups, and thank you, especially uh, which I am now addicted to, now that you forced me to look at my age.
-[ Laughs ] You look good, though. That's the key.
[ Laughs ] -Thank you.
♪♪ -Congratulations to all of our nominees and winners.
We look forward to another exciting year of movies and television programs that inspire, entertain, and, perhaps most importantly, unite us.
We hope to be sharing the experience in theaters again soon.
So on behalf of Movies For Grownups and ♪♪ ♪♪ -To find out more about this and other 'Great Performances' programs, visit pbs.org/greatperformances.
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