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Movies for Grownups® Awards 2022 with AARP The Magazine

Premiere: 3/18/2022 | 00:00:30 | Closed Captioning Icon

First broadcast on PBS in 2018, Movies for Grownups Awards with AARP the Magazine returns for a fifth year to celebrate and encourage filmmaking with unique appeal to movie-lovers with a grownup state of mind—and recognize the inspiring artists who make them. Each year the centerpiece honor is the Career Achievement Award, celebrating the contributions cinema legends.

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Lily Tomlin to Receive AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups® Awards Career Achievement Honor

2021’s Best Movies and TV for Grownups to be Honored During the 20th Anniversary Special on March 18 from Great Performances on PBS

WASHINGTONAARP The Magazine announced today that Lily Tomlin will receive this year’s Movies for Grownups® Career Achievement Award. Tomlin — a critically acclaimed actress and comedian across TV, film and theater, and recipient of eight Emmy Awards®, two Tony Awards®, a Grammy Award®, among many others — will be honored at the 20th Anniversary Special of the annual Movies for Grownups® (MFG) Awards, broadcast on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 9 p.m. ET, by Great Performances on PBS.

“We are thrilled to honor Lily Tomlin, a trailblazer whose six-decade career as an actress, comedian, writer and advocate continues to break through boundaries today,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “She’s an icon across mediums – as fresh, innovative, and influential today as when she revolutionized TV on Laugh-In in the ‘60s. In her current role on Grace and Frankie, in which she portrays issues of aging with respect, originality and hilarity, she continues to dismantle outdated stereotypes, demonstrating why she remains at the leading edge of pop culture.”

For two decades, AARP’s Movies for Grownups program has championed movies for grownups, by grownups, by advocating for the 50-plus audience, fighting industry ageism and encouraging films — and now TV shows — that resonate with older viewers.

Ms. Tomlin said, “I am honored to receive this award from AARP. There are so few grownups in the world. I am happy to be one. I feel I am not only a grownup, but I am mature for my age and that’s the truthhhhh!”

Tomlin will receive Movies for Grownups’ highest honor at the virtual awards ceremony, which will also include recognition for 2021’s best films and television series, including best actor, best actress, best director, best picture/best movie for grownups, best series, best TV movie/limited series, and more.

She joins a prestigious list of previous AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement honorees, including George Clooney, Annette Bening, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Shirley MacLaine, Helen Mirren, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon and Sharon Stone.

Lily Tomlin, one of America’s foremost actresses, has conquered a wide range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, video and social media. Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: eight Emmys, with 25 Primetime and five Daytime nominations over 50 years; a Tony for her one-woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony for best actress, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for her one-woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableACE Award for executive producing the film adaptation of The Search; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording, and nominations for her albums Modern Scream, And That’s the Truth,  and On Stage; and two Peabody Awards, for Edith Ann’s Christmas (Just Say Noël), and The Celluloid Closet. She earned a 1976 Oscar nomination for Nashville, plus the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2003. In 2014, she received the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC., followed by a SAG Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

Tomlin is critically acclaimed for her work across television (The West Wing, Malibu Country, Grace and Frankie, Web Therapy), stage (Appearing Nitely, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, The Search), as well as film (Nashville, 9 to 5, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Big Business, Shadows and Fog, Short Cuts, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Kid, The Walker, Pink Panther II, Admission, Grandma, among others).

Upcoming, Tomlin will star alongside her Grace and Frankie and 9 to 5 co-star Jane Fonda in Moving On. Reuniting with her Grandma and Admission director, Paul Weitz, Tomlin and Fonda play two old friends who reconnect at a funeral and decide to get revenge on the widower who wronged them decades before.

Tomlin is well-known for supporting philanthropic organizations, particularly those focused on animal welfare, civil rights, health care, protection of elephants, women’s issues, AIDS-related organizations, environmental concerns, overcoming homelessness and supporting the LGBTQ community in all aspects of life.

The virtual ceremony will be hosted by Alan Cumming and will be broadcast by Great Performances on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/moviesforgrownups, and the PBS Video app as part of #PBSForTheArts, a multiplatform campaign that celebrates the arts in America.

Special thanks to our funders, Barclays and RRD, for their generous support of the 2022 Movies for Grownups Awards.

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TRANSCRIPT

♪♪♪ -Next on 'Great Performances'... -♪ Willkommen and bienvenue ♪ ♪ Welcome ♪ -Lucy! I'm home!

-...join us as Movies for Grownups celebrates 20 years of honoring movies that matter, that speak to the 50-plus audience about family, love, assorted life issues, and more.

♪♪♪ -So w-what'd you think?

--I'm a grown -This is Miss Tomlin of the telephone company.

Have I reached the party to whom I am speaking?

-Join this year's Career Achievement Award winner Lily Tomlin... -There's not an emoji on the face of the Earth that express how I feel right now.

-...and your host, Alan Cumming... -If I did that while standing up, my pants would fall down.

-...for this year's star-studded 'Movies for Grownups Awards with -You don't wanna miss it.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -♪ Where did you go again? ♪ -She looks at me sometimes.

But we're not allowed to talk in the class.

Anyways, I think she loves that other fella.

-♪ I let him down, and he let me go ♪ -Maybe it's time for you to take back.

Don't let these forces around you dictate who you are.

-You'll never, ever control me again.

-You're happy scrubbing toilets?! That fulfills your purpose?! -We've discovered a very large comet.

-It's headed directly towards Earth.

♪♪♪ -♪ I took you to the island ♪ -In time, she will give up her fight and bend.

-♪ Your eyes howlin' ♪ -I feel like someone handed me a ticking time bomb because they wanted to make sure a woman was holding it when it explodes.

-Where is who?

-Your boss? -My boss?

-I'd rather sling bang bang chicken and shrimp all day than work here, you classist monster.

-Ha ha!

-♪ I won't do this again ♪ -You charge for these lessons?

-A ton.

♪♪♪ -There's not one thing in this world I wouldn't do to help you.

-♪ I'm holding your heart in the palm of my hand ♪ ♪ Singing... ♪ -We needed something to really reach out and touch us.

We needed that music.

-♪ Singin' ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome your host, Alan Cumming!

-Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much.

Please, please. You're too kind.

Thank you so much for that warm ovation and welcome to the 20th annual 'Movies for Grownups Awards with AARP the Magazine.'

[ Applause ] Oh, please, please, please.

Hold your applause, or we'll be here all night.

[ Laughter ] -[ Click ] -[ Laughter and applause stop ] -As you can see, we have no audience this year, so we've transported our luxurious set, at great expense, to this television studio.

Even though there's no audience present, we still have you, dear viewers, and we have stars and fantastic movies and top-notch television programs.

And we have Patrick Vaccariello and our COVID orchestra!

-[ Click ] -[ ] ♪♪♪ Yes. Thanks, Patrick. We talked about this.

I'll -- I'll do -- I'll do the gags.

Thank you. Thank you.

-[ Click ] -[ Applause stops ] -And if you'll just tinkle on the keys, I'll do an appropriate opening number to welcome our friends at home.

♪♪♪ Oh. I know this one.

♪♪♪ ♪ Willkommen and bienvenue ♪ ♪ Welcome ♪ ♪ Adults, ageless folks ♪ ♪ Grownups ♪ ♪ Elated you made it ♪ ♪ Delighted you're here ♪ ♪ Happy to see you ♪ ♪ Applaud, clap, cheer ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] ♪ Willkommen and bienvenue ♪ ♪ Welcome ♪ ♪ To the awards ♪ ♪ Movie awards ♪ ♪ Grownup Awards ♪ Ladies and gentlemen, gals and guys, and those of you who don't identify as either... good evening!

This is our virtual celebration.

Do you like it so far?

It's a grower. I promise.

We've got big stars, huge movies, massive TV hits.

And me. I am your host.

[ Applause ] ♪ Willkommen and bienvenue ♪ ♪ Welcome ♪ ♪ To the awards ♪ ♪ Movie awards ♪ ♪ Grownup Aw-a-a-a-ards ♪ [ Finale plays ] [ Cheers and applause ] -[ Click ] -[ Cheers and applause stops ] Yes, welcome to our intimate setting, which is appropriate, considering the way many of us have been streaming.

Streaming our favorite movies and television programs in the privacy of our own homes.

Since our last awards, in-home entertainment has provided much-needed solace and allowed us to, in some way, share in a communal experience.

Granted, that experience probably involved using a device to text your friend about something he just saw on 'Ted Lasso' while watching another device as he replies on his device that he hasn't downloaded the latest episode yet, but you get my point.

is how we watch them, so is how our winners will be accepting -- in the comfort of their own undisclosed locations.

Let's begin with our first award of the evening.

Here are the nominees for Best Actress.

-I'm taking custody now.

-Wait. Hold up. What, what?

-Halle Berry in 'Bruised.'

-You homeless and ya ain't fit.

-Yeah, but I'm his mother.

Manny.

You know I didn't mean that.

That -- That was a mistake.

-You really need to get it together.

-Mama, I'm trying to do that. I'm a fighter.

-Well, you ain't a mother. That's for certain.

-So this guy knows you're an offender, right?

-He didn't ask.

-Sandra Bullock in 'The Unforgiveable.'

-That stud wall you're leaning against, I built it in 45 minutes.

-You better tell your boss who you are.

-Why? I gotta be a convict wherever I go?

-No, you're a cop killer everywhere you go. Yes.

-I did the calculation.

In the course of one week, I see you 1/20th as much as your second trombone player.

-Well, learn to play the trombone, and I'll give you his job.

-Well, how hard is the trombone?

-Nicole Kidman in 'Being the Ricardos.'

-Uh, maybe it'd be better if we didn't spend the little time we have arguing about why we not have more time.

-Don't make me feel like a bitch because I wanna see my husband.

-Hey.

-[ Sighs ] -Wherever in your sightless substances you wait on nature's mischief.

-Frances McDormand in 'The Tragedy of Macbeth.'

-And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell.

That my keen knife see not the wound it makes, nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, To cry, 'Hold, hold!'

-Who's read this? -Nobody I shouldn't think.

I've only sent one copy out.

-Who to? -Kelly.

-And Helen Mirren in 'The Duke.'

-So the world and his wife's gonna know.

-You've never let me talk about it.

-Grief's private!

-I bought her that bike.

If I got her anything else, she'd still be alive.

-Well, she isn't!

♪♪♪ -I couldn't resist taking the stage again to say, in my official hosting capacity, the award for Best Actress goes to... Nicole Kidman for 'Being the Ricardos.'

To present Nicole with her award, here's the writer and director of the film, Oscar and three-time Movies for Grownups Award winner Aaron Sorkin.

-Alan, thank you very much.

And, Nicole, congratulations on being the AARP's Movies for Grownups Best Actress for your performance in 'Being the Ricardos.'

-Amazing! [ Laughs ] -You know, a lot of people have talked about how you had to play two roles, uh, in the film.

That was Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball, and it was Nicole Kidman as, uh, Lucy Ricardo.

That's not really true.

It was Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball, and it was Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo, right?

-Yes, and what was interesting when I was preparing, as you know, um, I accessed through Lucy Ricardo, because that was sort of the way I -- That was something tangible that I could grasp.

And I remember us talking about this a lot.

I would go, 'Well, I have to have all the prosthetics and I would have...' And you'd be like, 'No.'

Um, that was very grownup of you.

-[ Laughs ] -Because you said the most important thing is to, um, create a real person here, a human being who we can relate to and understand, at times be drawn into, at times be sort of repelled by in a way.

But ultimately she's a fascinating creature.

She really is. And I feel enormous love for her.

-Well, you certainly made her fascinating, and you came to work knowing every square inch, uh, of those scenes.

-We had limited time because we were shooting this during the pandemic, and there was a limited time to rehearse.

So everyone was like, 'We gotta -- We gotta really, really be prepared here.'

And vocally, physically, and emotionally.

-My last question was gonna be about vocally because I had said to you, 'I'm not looking for a physical impersonation of Lucille Ball.

All I need from you are two different voices.'

And, boy, there was about an octave difference between your Lucille Ball and your Lucy Ricardo.

-I mean, she's a smoker, and she has that -- I mean, it's a beautiful voice, that gravelly voice that she has.

And then she has the, um, Lucy voice, which is in a much higher register but still has a bit of the gravel.

And then trying to have the emotional part of me and all of the things inside collide with the technical side, which is what's fantastic to do as an actor.

That's what -- That's what's exciting, you know?

And you just -- The screenplay is impeccable.

I mean, you cannot put it down.

But on top of that, the direction with the behavior.

So, the way in which I smoke, the way in which I move my hands, the way in which I walk, and the way in which you block a scene, giving the character power.

Um, so putting me behind the desk, putting me in positions where I'm the most powerful woman in the room... -Yeah.

-...and the most powerful person in the room.

'Cause you can't play that as an actor.

You can be who you are, but you need the support of the direction and the writing to... -It's an incredible compliment coming from you.

I really appreciate it. This is your night.

Congratulations. This is a big deal.

I doubt it'll be your last. But congratulations, Nicole.

-Oh, thank you! And it's such a big deal for me.

I've -- I'm like -- I love to be in a film that has weight and substance and importance and supports, um, this extraordinary woman and this gorgeous couple who went and took the world on.

So thank you, Movies for Grownups, and to the AARP for giving it to me.

-Thank you indeed to the AARP. Have a good night.

-[ Laughs ] ♪♪♪ -Our first nominee for Best Movie for Grownups is Steven Spielberg's epic retelling of the 1957 musical exploring forbidden love and the rivalry of two teenage gangs, the Sharks and the Jets.

This film not only marked Spielberg's first movie musical, but also his first movie with sharks that are not mechanical.

[ Ominous notes play ] Thank you for getting that.

Spielberg and writer Tony Kushner have reimagined this beloved classic in a sweeping production that is a feast for the senses.

♪♪♪ ♪ It looks pretty and yet gritty ♪ ♪ New York City, the fifties revised ♪ ♪ And it's witty ♪ ♪ Tony's script has got a big surprise ♪ ♪ It's got Rita ♪ ♪ No, not Chita ♪ ♪ Not Anita, it's Rita ♪ ♪ How wise ♪ ♪ Oh, so witty ♪ ♪ That I hardly could believe my eyes ♪ Where's my applause?

[ Click ] [ Cheers and applause ] Thank you.

Here are a few moments from 'West Side Story.'

♪♪♪ -The first gringo boy who smiles at you... ♪♪♪ -I never seen you before.

You're not Puerto Rican.

-Is that okay?

-Do you wanna start World War III?

♪ Hey ♪ ♪♪♪ -You know, I wake up to everything I know either getting sold or wrecked or being taken over by people that I don't like.

-You keep away from him as long as you are in my house.

-I'm a grownup now, Bernardo. I'm gonna think for myself.

♪♪♪ -Tony, we need you if we're going to war.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Life matters even more than love.

♪♪♪ -♪ Tonight ♪ -Our next award recognizes the film with the best portrayal of relationships between people of different ages.

The award for Best Intergenerational Film goes to 'CODA,' the story of Ruby, who is a CODA, a child of deaf adults, and the only hearing person in her family.

When their fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between her love of music and her fear of abandoning her parents.

This moving film depicts how generations learn from each other.

And hear are a few moments from 'CODA.'

[ Silverware clicking ] [ Phone beeps ] -Oh, here we go. -Ohh!

-She won the Yankee Miss Pageant.

Mm-hmm.

-[ Smack ] -[ Chuckles ] [ Phone beeps ] [ Pounding on table ] [ Phone beeping ] -Accepting on behalf of 'CODA' are two of the stars of the movie -- Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin and the actor who plays her son, Daniel Durant, along with their interpreters, Jack Jason and Brad Galloway.

-Thank you, Alan.

I've been in the entertainment business for 35 years, and I've had to create many opportunities for myself.

It was important to me to make sure that we hired deaf actors to play deaf characters.

I want people to know that there's more to it than just putting on a costume and pretending to be deaf.

-Thanks to Marlee for speaking up for deaf actors and making sure that we and other deaf artists have the same opportunities as everyone else.

This movie is a huge step forward towards proper representation.

-We are so pleased that our film, which features different generations, carries a message that has been well-received by different generations.

Thanks again to Movies for Grownups and to -Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Love you all.

-Love you all.

♪♪♪ -Next, the award for Best Supporting Actor.

The trophy goes to... Jared Leto, who is unrecognizable in his uncanny portrayal of Paolo Gucci in the saga of the family behind the world-famous Italian fashion empire.

It's a true story of love, revenge, betrayal, and ultimately...murder.

[ Suspenseful chords crescendo ] Thank you, Patrick.

Here's a glimpse of Jared Leto and his performance in 'House of Gucci.'

-Why did you do it?

-Wh-- Do what? -What happened?

-Don't even look at me, you lying sack of potatoes.

Shut your -- -Paolo.

-Get her in the car. Put Alessandra in the car.

-What's wrong? -You.

And you! -Okay. Okay.

-You ripped my heart out and left it to die on the street!

Oh, my God. My wife.

My wife had to sing till her voice was horse when we figured out what was going on!

Why did you report me for copyright breach?

Gucci is my name, too.

-You abused the Gucci name.

-No, no, no.

-And started a trade war.

-I -- No, I didn't. I swear I didn't. Okay?

It's my name.

It's not even your name. Okay?

-Absolutely astounding.

It's a pleasure to present Best Supporting Actor to Jared Leto for 'The House of Gucci.'

And here he is to accept in the house of Leto.

to for this incredible award.

I'm so very grateful.

And I'm very proud to say that, after my recent birthday, I am now officially eligible to become a member of AARP.

So a milestone there.

Uh, playing Paolo Gucci was the experience of a lifetime, made even more impactful by the opportunity that I had to work with the legends Sir Ridley Scott, Al Pacino, and Jeremy Irons, all in their seventies and eighties.

These three young guys, they taught me a lot.

But I think the most valuable thing that I took away was that creativity and imagination have no age and that dreams belong to everyone, not -- not just the young.

You know, it was hard to keep up with the three of them.

They astounded me.

They're doing some of the most amazing work in their career.

And I was so thrilled just to be a part of that team.

Of course, I had the chance to work with Lady Gaga and Adam Driver and this amazing cast of characters, and it was a beautiful experience.

Just want to say, um, this is my love letter to everything Italian.

And, you know, for those of you out there, uh, that have given me this gift of faith and acknowledgement, I'm grateful. So... Thank you.

♪♪♪ -Our next nominee for Best Movie for Grownups shows the power of family, perseverance, and overcoming the odds to achieve the impossible.

Armed with a clear vision and a 78-page plan, Richard Williams sets out to turn his daughters into two of the greatest sports legends of all time.

He is the ultimate stage mother.

To put it in musical-theater terms, in the world of tennis, he's Mama Rose.

♪♪♪ ♪ He had a dream ♪ ♪ A dream about you, Venus ♪ ♪ And what about you, Serena? ♪ ♪ You'll be the top two ladies ♪ [ Chuckles ] Let's take a look at a few moments of 'King Richard.'

-The chances of achieving the kind of success that you're talking about is just very, very unlikely.

-Okay. You making a mistake, but I'm gonna let you make it.

Watch 'em hit a few balls.

-Alright. So tell me your names again.

-I'm Venus. -I'm Serena.

-So w-what'd you think?

-If these girls are so great, how come I've never heard of 'em?

-They're from Compton.

-She's nervous. Take a step up.

-[ Grunts ] -Maybe she ought to take a few more steps up, just get some place safe.

-I think you might just have the next Michael Jordan.

-Oh, no, brother, man. I gots me the next two.

You're gonna walk out there with your head up.

You are a champion, and the whole world know it.

-♪ Oh, oh, say ♪ ♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ -Ain't nothing she can't do.

-♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ ♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ -You gonna show 'em how dangerous you are?

-♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ -Yes! [ Laughs ] -Venus and Serena... gonna shake up this world.

-♪ Oh ♪ -I first became aware of the extraordinary talents of the artist who is about to take home one of these for Career Achievement while sitting on a couch much like this one.

After watching her countless appearances on TV, I saw her in movies, on stage, and, lucky for me, in real life.

To present the award, we have another fine artist who many of us also first became aware of through her work on TV.

It's a real thrill to welcome Academy Award winner Goldie Hawn.

-It's such a joy and makes me so happy to be here to honor one of the most beautiful souls I know -- my friend Lily Tomlin.

I first met Lily when she joined the cast of 'Laugh-In.'

That was fun.

As an artist, she blew me away with her talent, her brilliance, and her ability to create unforgettable characters just out of the ether.

As a person, I was drawn to her humanity, her heart, her playfulness, her kindness.

I think that the key to Lily's brilliance is to make us laugh while she delivers her truth.

After 'Laugh-In,' Lily moved on to making movies and was nominated for an Academy Award for her debut in Robert Altman's 'Nashville.'

She was great.

She made the transition from comedy to drama.

Not surprising, Lily can do it all.

On stage, Lily soared in her partner Jane Wagner's 'The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.'

[ Laughs ] I love that title.

And there were countless appearances on TV, 'The West Wing,' 'Damages,' and then her hit series 'Grace and Frankie,' which dismantles outdated stereotypes.

Lily the artist is still in demand and I'm sure doing some of her best work.

Lily the humanitarian hasn't slowed down, either.

She continues to take a stand on behalf of civil rights, animal welfare, and the LGBTQ community in all aspects of life.

Lily, congratulations on your Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.

Now let's see my friend in action.

-One ringy dingy.

Two ringy dingys.

A gracious good afternoon.

This is Miss Tomlin of the telephone company.

Have I reached the party to whom I am speaking?

-♪ Way down upon ♪ ♪ That old Mississippi River ♪ -♪ Not so far away ♪ -♪ That's where my folks have lived forever ♪ ♪ -And that's where they're going to stay ♪ -I'm no girl. I'm a woman. Do you hear me?

I'm not your wife or your mother.

Or even your mistress.

I am your employee.

And as such, I expect to be treated equally with a little dignity and a little respect!

-O-Obviously you're still upset.

-Tss! Tss, tss!

[ Rattling ] You can't out-snake me. Tss!

-If I had to do what I'm supposed to be doing every minute of my life, like you do, I'd kill myself.

-Did you just say if you were me you would kill yourself?

-Portia, don't exaggerate.

-The only reason I came by was tell you, since you're into pills, I can get you any kind of mood changers you want.

-I am not into pills.

-Well, maybe you should be.

I mean, you need something to mellow you out.

I mean, you're so uptight.

Yeah, baby! We're going out together!

-Mwah! -Mwah! [ Giggles ] [ Rumbling ] -This is the big one, baby.

[ Rumbling stops ] -[ Slurping ] It wasn't the big one.

-No. [ Laughs ] -I wanna be a part of the conversation.

-What does that even mean? -You don't just watch.

You -- You Twitter, you hashtag, you, uh, instant graham.

Why watch alone when I can share the entire experience with millions of strangers?

-[ Laughs ] -I mean, I feel like I've dropped acid.

I mean, have you ever dropped acid?

-Well, not in the last 10 minutes.

-You get this feel-- I'll tell-- Do you notice anything?

I mean, can you see anything about me that's different?

Like my expression? Do I have a different kind of expression about me?

-Yeah. You look higher. -I look high?

Do I right now? I am high. I'm telling you. I am high.

Did I give you sugar?

-Did you take acid while you were pregnant with me?

-You're not gonna bring thing up, are you?

-You know that stuff they tell you about, you know, chromosome damage and all that stuff?

-Yeah, I do. -It's government propaganda.

-I was relieved, though, when you came out in the hospital and you only had one head.

[ Laughter ] -Mr. Markovski, we see a lot of people in here who claim they wanna know the ultimate truth about reality.

They wanna peer under the surface at the big everything.

But this can be a very painful process full of surprises.

It can dismantle the world as you know it.

-We're thinking maybe the secrets about life we don't understand are the cosmic carrots in front of our noses that keep us going.

♪♪♪ So maybe we should stop trying to figure out the meaning of life and sit back and enjoy the of life.

-What have you got against Elsa?

-Nothing in particular.

-Oh, yes, you have. She's American.

And she's a Jew.

-She's a flagrantly immoral woman.

-There are some people in this room who've been having it with every pair of pants in sight, civil and military.

-Not yours, thank God.

-Oh, I second that.

-I love being in love with you.

I never thought I could feel that way again.

You have a wonderful life ahead of you, and that's all I want for you.

-How do you say 'I love you'? -Well, you could say -- Well, you could say -- Shorthand for it is -- This is shorthand.

-♪ When your eyes throw light at mine ♪ -Or you could say 'I'... You can say, 'Love. You.'

-♪ That's why I'm easy ♪ ♪ Yeah, I'm easy ♪ ♪ Say you want me, I'll come running ♪ ♪ Without taking time to think ♪ ♪ Because I'm easy ♪ ♪ Yeah, I'm easy ♪ ♪ Take my hand and pull me down ♪ ♪ I won't put up any fight ♪ ♪ Because I'm easy ♪ -And that's the truth.

♪♪♪ -Getting this award is so exciting, there's not an emoji on the face of the earth that expresses how I feel right now.

I just wish I could deliver a speech so heartfelt, so warm, so beautifully truthful and loving that you all will have the urge to give me another award.

It seems ironic for me to be getting an award for grownups when I've spent more than 50 years on and off playing Edith Ann, the little girl in the rocking chair who is perpetually 5 and a half.

But I'm proud to be called a grownup.

The world needs a lot more of us right now.

Of course, being a grownup, I've noticed my skin has begun to sag a bit.

My eyes are -- My eyes are dim, kind of watery.

I mean, my arms look like they're wearing leg warmers.

My gait is unsteady.

My fingers are bent, almost gnarly.

I-I better stop.

I can see I'm turning some of you on here in the studio.

Of course, this award is a great motivator to keep growing younger, doing better.

And this award will be a constant reminder of the many wonderful and talented people who have helped me along the way and those who will help me in the future.

And, of course, my fans.

My fans always ask me for advice.

After 50 years, I have finally distilled it down to one essential word -- sunscreen.

They say time is a continuum.

This would make more sense if I knew what a 'continuum' meant.

I suspect senior moments play a big part, but one thing about senior moments, you tend to forget them as soon as they happen.

Speaking of age, AARP will be interested in this, I'm sure.

Last week, I read an important new study that said scientists were shocked -- shocked -- to find that humankind is 30,000 years older than they thought.

It's overwhelming when you think of all those extra senior moments -- 30,000 years' worth.

No wonder our species is so cranky.

But recently I saw a clip of the wonderful Ruth Gordon receiving her Oscar for 'Rosemary's Baby.'

I wish I could convey how surreal it is to realize that I am older now than she was then.

She was 72.

And right now I'm 10 years older.

But what Ruth Gordon said resonated with me.

She accepted her Oscar the same way I accept this award -- incentivized to do more and not to rest on my laurels.

She took her award, as I take mine here tonight, and said, 'I can't tell you how encouraging a thing like this.'

And she sashayed off.

♪♪♪ -Lily Tomlin. So well-deserved.

Now we honor the actors whose collaboration in Guillermo del Toro's psychological thriller 'Nightmare Alley' earned them the award for Best Ensemble.

To me, 'Nightmare Alley' means being stuck on a red carpet behind Billy Porter.

And I am not kidding about that, Patrick.

In the film, an ambitious carny with a talent from manipulating people with his charm and well-chosen words, conspires with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he.

Let's take a look at a scene from 'Nightmare Alley.'

♪♪♪ -Step right up and behold one of the unexplained mysteries of the universe!

Is he man or beast?! ♪♪♪ This creature has been examined by the foremost scientists and pronounced unequivocally a man!

I am prepared to offer you folks one last chance to witness this supreme oddity!

♪♪♪ [ Applause ] Where did it come from?

Begotten by the same lust and threat that got us all walking on this earth but gone wrong somehow in maternal wombs.

Not fit for livin'! ♪♪♪ Is it a beast?

Or is it a man?

[ Laughter echoing ] ♪♪♪ -You're in luck because tonight you will see him feed.

♪♪♪ Come on in and find out.

Is he man or beast?

♪♪♪ -To accept the Best Ensemble Award, here are two of the stars of 'Nightmare Alley' -- executive producer Bradley Cooper and the exquisite Cate Blanchett.

-Alan, thank you so much.

Uh, I definitely speak for all of us.

Uh, the cast, which, uh, is -- is an assembly by Guillermo that I was so honored to be a part of.

For you to recognize the work that we've done and that it meant something to you, the AARP, um, thank you.

It was an experience for me, experience of a lifetime.

Every day, I got to walk on set and be with each actor.

Uh, if -- if you had told me that as a kid, I never in a million years would've believed it.

Um, and I know that this means so much to Guillermo, too.

And, uh, one of the big highlights for me was working with Cate Blanchett, um, who I always admired from afar.

So thank you for recognizing the work that we did together.

-And for me, working with you, Bradley -- I mean, all of my work was with you.

And so I got to watch in the cinema as an audience member -- I got to watch that incredible circus ensemble, which I can say objectively is one of the greatest ensembles ever assembled.

And there were some remarkable ensembles in the cinema and on television this year.

So it's a highlight indeed.

And so many theater actors involved in this particular production of Guillermo's, and so many actors who've worked with him in the past.

So Guillermo is a director who completely relishes and enjoys an ensemble like no other director I've ever met.

And so this is really also, as Bradley suggested, a testament to him.

Thank you.

-Thank you.

♪♪♪ -This year's winner for best documentary is an eye-opening chronicle of a 1969 music festival that was lost to the ages, all but forgotten by music historians and even by the artists who performed.

This powerful and transporting film is centered around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture, and fashion.

Here are a few moments of 'Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised).' -♪ Are you ready, Black people? ♪ -Yeah! -Yeah!

-♪ Are you ready? ♪ -Are you really ready?

-Yeah! -Yeah!

-Are you ready to listen to all the beautiful Black voices, the beautiful Black feeling, the beautiful Black waves moving in beautiful air?

Are you ready, Black people?! Are you ready?! -Nobody ever heard of the Harlem Culture Festival.

Nobody would believe that happened.

♪♪♪ -♪ I'm going uptown to Harlem ♪ -Six weekends of major artists.

[Laughing] The Panthers were the security, and kids were sitting up on the trees.

-I was nervous.

I didn't expect a crowd like that.

Something very important was happening.

It wasn't just about the music.

-1969 was a change of era in the Black community.

-The styles were changing.

-Music was changing. And revolution was coming together.

-♪ Aaah ♪ -We are a new people!

We are a beautiful people!

-That concert took my life from black-and-white into color.

♪♪♪ -We wanted progress.

We are Black people, and we should be proud of this.

-♪ Higher ♪ -♪ Higher ♪ -We believed in what we felt in here.

So when we went up... Let's go. Let's go do it!

♪♪♪ -To accept the Best Documentary Award, the director of 'Summer of Soul' -- multiple Grammy-winning co-founder of The Roots, the house band on 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,' first-time filmmaker Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson.

-Thank you. Thank you to AARP and all the grownups in the house.

Thank you.

This film truly took a village to put together.

So we're speaking of my friends and supporters at Concordia, Vulcan, Play/Action, Radical Media, David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent, who first approached me about this mythical, magical, Woodstock-like festival that happened in Harlem over 50 years ago that no one believed that they had.

And even when I saw the footage myself, I still didn't believe that it was real.

I'd like to thank Joseph Patel, Zarah Zohlman, uh, the Two One Five family.

You know, for me, this really belongs to Tony Lawrence and to Hal Tulchin and those 300,000 beautiful people in Harlem whose energy and whose beauty stood the test of time.

You know, this film came out in 1969, and yet when it arrived 51 years out the gate, it came right on time.

That goes to show you how timeless and how urgent and how pure that artistry and music and activism go hand-in-hand.

The fact that 50 years ago something happens and it's just as relevant now as it ever was before.

So I'd like to thank the AARP for supporting.

And I would love to tell more stories.

This is my first film, and, um, this won't be the last.

I appreciate it.

♪♪♪ Our next nominee for Best Movie for Grownups is a poignant story of love, laughter, and loss in one boy's childhood amid the music and social tumult of the late 1960s.

It's rich with Irish wit and the songs of 'The Belfast Cowboy,' Van Morrison.

Produced, written, and directed by Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh, this film is inspired by his youth in Northern Ireland during the time of unrest known as 'The Troubles.'

♪♪♪ ♪ Forget the troubles 'cause life is dandy ♪ ♪ Going to sing all your cares away ♪ ♪ You're blowing bubbles and stealing candy ♪ ♪ Not ready for a fight today ♪ ♪ But now the troubles are turning risky ♪ ♪ The gangs are ready to burn it down ♪ ♪ They're throwing bottles and drinking whiskey ♪ ♪ You'd better pack and blow this town ♪ Here are a few moments of the warmhearted and captivating 'Belfast.'

-You're Buddy from Belfast, where everybody knows ya.

-Hey, Buddy! Your ma's calling you!

-Yes!

♪♪♪ -We're looking to cleanse the community a wee bit.

You wouldn't wanna be the odd man out in this street.

-Touch my family, and I'll kill you.

[ Indistinct shouting ] -Are we gonna have to leave Belfast?

-We'll fight this together.

-This is it. -This is what?

-This is war.

[ Explosion ] -♪ Open up your eyes, then you'll realize ♪ -[ Cheering ] -♪ Here I stand ♪ ♪ With everlasting love ♪ -We're living in a civil war.

-What do you want?

-I want my family with me. I want you.

-♪ From the very start, open up your heart... ♪ -I know nothing else but Belfast.

-Go now. Don't look back.

-♪ Need love to last forever ♪ -[Echoing] Hello, Belfast!

-[Echoing] Top o' the world!

-And now I get to take a rest and let someone else do the hard work.

If I did that while standing up, my pants would fall down.

Our next presenter is no stranger to working hard on behalf of AARP members everywhere.

She's the CEO of AARP. That's a lot of letters.

Jo Ann Jenkins.

-Thank you, Alan.

And thanks to all of you for being a part of the 20th Anniversary Celebration of 'Movies for Grownups.'

For two decades, AARP has championed movies that resonate with viewers 50 and over.

Some of the biggest stars in show business have joined us in celebrating their work and the work of their colleagues.

-Thank you!

-We've honored Helen Mirren, Kevin Costner, Viola Davis, Bette Midler, Denzel Washington, and Adam Sandler, not to mention directors like Kathryn Bigelow, Spike Lee, and so many more.

-Really, I apologize for having a difficult name to pronounce.

Almodóvar.

-Past winners have expressed their deep passion for what we do and have embraced the spirit of these awards in their acceptances.

-Together let's hope we keep making movies for grownups by grownups.

Thank you all so much. Thank you.

-I am a card-carrying adult. I am proud to be an adult.

The world needs more adults.

And the world needs movies for adults.

-It took 25 years to finally come around to the actual project that became 'The Irishman.'

And I think a lot of it had to do with what we can learn further from each other.

And the only way that could have happened, unbeknownst to us, was to age.

[ Laughter ] -Despite the unprecedented challenges we've all encountered over the past two years, our work hasn't stopped.

Neither has our need for compelling storytelling and captivating performances.

We're proud to be able to recognize such work with this virtual show.

And just as our annual ceremony has changed, so has the way we watch movies and stream our favorite shows.

That why last year we expanded our ceremony to include television series and performances that resonate with our audiences, viewers with grownup sensibilities.

First up, the award for Best TV Series.

This year's winner follows an American college football coach who is recruited to coach at an English Premier League soccer team.

Here's a look at the phenomenal 'Ted Lasso.'

[ Queen & David Bowie's 'Pressure' plays ] -So, you're heavily favored this weekend.

You think this'll end your embarrassing streak of draws?

-Lloyd, I've never been embarrassed about having streaks in my draws.

You know, it's all part of growing up.

♪ Pressure pushing down on me ♪ -[ Crowd booing ] -I got a question for you.

Has a team, uh, like us ever won the whole chimichanga?

-Not for 40 years. -Ohh!

Oh, you're gonna come in through here? That's fine.

Yeah, I gotcha. It's like 'Dukes of Hazzard.'

Or y'all probably call it 'The Earls of Risk' over here.

-[ Whistle blows ] -Alright, you little turd birds!

Start touching your toes!

Now touch each other's toes!

-What? -What?

-People saying there's something wrong with us.

Not the way I see it.

I believe in communism. Rom-communism, that is.

If Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan can go through some heartfelt struggles and still end up happy, then so can we.

-♪ Caring about ourselves ♪ -Whoo-hoo!

-♪ This is our last dance ♪ -Aaah!

-This is our turn to make history, and I believe we're gonna do just that.

-♪ This is our last dance ♪ -To the family we're born with and to families we make along the way.

To Richmond! -To Richmond!

-♪ Under pressure ♪ -Alright. Let's go kick their butts.

-'Butts' on three. -Works for me.

1, 2, 3. -Butts!

-It is my pleasure to present the award for best TV series to 'Ted Lasso.'

-Hello, there.

Uh, this is Jason Sudeikis.

I play Ted Lasso.

Um, I wanted to thank everyone at the AARP, for, uh, choosing us.

Thank you very much to everyone, uh, that voted for us, to everyone that, whether it was on purpose or not, you know, I, I, I don't know what the, uh, ballot looked like.

It can sometimes be confusing, um, but we greatly appreciate it.

Glad people are watching the show and, and, uh, enjoying it and watching it with their families and watching it multiple times, all that stuff just knocks our socks off.

Um, I do have a hunch that maybe my parents voted a couple too many times, uh, and that might be why we walked away with it this year.

But, um, you know, let's not look too far into that.

Just write that off as them being loving parents and us being an appreciative show.

Right? Okay.

Uh, hope you're all well, and everybody's staying happy and healthy and, uh, you know, doing the best you can for you and yourself and, um, you know, all those around you.

All right. Take care.

Thanks again. Bye.

♪♪♪ -Our next award is for Best Actress, TV.

It goes to Jean Smart for her performance in the HBO Max series 'Hacks.'

In this comedy-drama, she plays a legendary Las Vegas comedian struggling to maintain her relevance as she reluctantly teams up with an entitled 25-year-old comedy writer.

Let's see a few moments of Jean Smart.

-I have been up here on this stage through so much over the years.

When the Berlin wall came down, I was on this stage.

When people were hiding in their bomb shelters on Y2K, I was on this stage.

When Bernie Madoff got arrested, I was on the phone with my accountant crying hysterically.

[ Laughter ] And every one of those nights, I told a lot of the same jokes, But tonight, I'm not gonna tell you those same ones.

Instead, I'm gonna tell you why I told those jokes.

♪♪♪ -It is my great pleasure to present the Best Actress, TV award to Jean Smart.

-Hi. This is Jean Smart, and I'm coming to you from the set of 'Hacks.'

We're shooting Season 2 and having a ball.

And I have, I have to thank and also their show 'Movies for Grownups,' because, you know, it's, it's, uh, it's about time that, um, people who are 50-plus are celebrated and, and appreciate for their life experience.

And doing the show has been amazing because playing Deborah, who's very, um, kind of unconventional, but also very complicated person.

Um, and the one thing I think she's taught me is that, uh, the key to longevity in your career and maybe also in your life is to just keep at it.

So she just isn't gonna go away, but I have to thank, um, our producers.

Oh, my God, Jen Statsky, Paul Downs, Lucia Aniello, who also directs most of our episodes.

Um, Michael Schur our producer, um, Seth and Morgan and our amazing and creative, talented crew, um, Rosie and Joel and our D.P., Adam Bricker, and Keith and Jen, everybody who tries to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse every day.

Um, but thank you so much for this award, and we appreciate you so much.

And, oh, I have to, please, thank HBO and everybody at HBO Max, Casey Bloys, um, and everybody there for their support.

Thank you so much.

♪♪♪ -Tonight's final TV award, Best Actor, goes to Michael Keaton for his riveting performance in the Hulu series 'Dopesick.'

This eye-opening drama takes viewers to the epicenter of America's struggle with opioid addiction.

Here's a brief glimpse of Michael Keaton in 'Dopesick.'

-Let me ask you something, though.

You ever think that, um, maybe that miracle drug you're selling is just, you know, just a tad more addictive than you said?

-That's not what we're hearing.

Um, but there is a condition associated with this, um, which I, I probably have some information on, I can share with you, um, pseudo addiction.

Uh, we're seeing some cases, although rare, where they show the symptoms of addiction, but in reality, their underlying pain hasn't been sufficiently addressed.

Uh, and the solution is simple.

You know, you, you up the dose, and, uh, and their, uh, symptoms you know, disappear in, in time.

-Let's have a look.

♪♪♪ You sell poison, Billy.

♪♪♪ -What that? -That's all this is.

It's a poison. That's what you do.

That's just poison.

-No, Doc -- -Yeah, no, that's what it is.

♪♪♪ -And now it's my pleasure to present the award to Michael Keaton.

Congratulations, Michael.

-Thank you, Jo Ann.

And thanks to, uh, for this.

I'm grateful to be in the company of all these other wonderful actors and performers and writers.

I wanna thank everybody else who was involved in 'Dopesick,' uh, Danny Strong especially, and the cast and the whole crew and everybody.

Uh, it was important, and we all knew it was important.

We tried to take ourselves not too seriously, be respectful of, uh, of everybody involved and people from Appalachia.

It's especially great, I think, that this honor, uh, Movies for Grownups, um, is associated with it, as well, because I think, you know, just 'cause we're all grownups doesn't mean we kind of sit back and relax and retire.

We have jobs to do, which is to move the ball forward on a lot of issues, you know?

And this is one of them.

So thank you very much.

This is great.

♪♪♪ -Our next nominee for Best Movie for Grownups is part frontier epic, part psychological thriller.

It stars PBS favorite Benedict Cumberbatch as a charismatic, cruel, and conflicted cowboy who enjoys mud baths and shows us that bandanas are more than just a fashion accessory.

So much more, Patrick. Let's just leave it at that.

He inspires fear and awe when his brother brings home his new wife and her son, and torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

It takes place on a Montana ranch.

So, Patrick, I don't know, play us a little jolly rancher tune.

♪♪♪ ♪ The rancher and the young man should be friends ♪ ♪ Oh, the rancher and the young man should be friends ♪ ♪ The rancher likes to start a row ♪ ♪ The young man likes to carve a cow ♪ ♪ But that's no reason why they can't be friends ♪ Here are a few moments from Jane Campion's truly powerful film 'The Power of the Dog.'

♪♪♪ -I wonder what little lady made these.

-I did, sir.

♪♪♪ [ Laughter ] ♪♪♪ -Well, brother Phil?

♪♪♪ -Open up the gate, let him out.

-You sure? He's not ready. -Go on. Let him out.

[ Laughter ] -He's just a man, Peter.

♪♪♪ Only another man.

[ Laughter ] -A man is made by patience and the odds against him.

-For what kind of man would I be if I did not help my mother?

-Peter!

-If I did not save her?

♪♪♪ -It's sort of a lonesome place out here, Pete, unless you get in the swing of things.

♪♪♪ -Next, the award for Best Supporting Actress.

The winner is Aunjanue Ellis for her portrayal of Oracene Williams, whose balanced perspective and keen intuition help her daughters Venus and Serena defy the seemingly insurmountable odds on their journey to becoming tennis world champions.

Here's a brief look at the captivating performance of Aunjanue Ellis in 'King Richard.'

-You never believed in none of this.

-No, I want you to tell me when did I not believe.

You not the only dreamer in this family.

Wouldn't be no dream if it wasn't for me.

I carried them inside me and on my back.

And I carried you, too, working two shifts so I could put food on your table.

That open stance?

You got that from me.

-Oh, you did that? Oh, okay.

-And I fixed Serena's serve, because you messed that up.

-You did what? -Yes. I fixed that toss, because you messed it up.

-Mm-hmm. -I'm here. I been here, dreaming and believing just like you.

-Mm-hmm. -You just don't wanna see me.

-So, uh, what you want?

What you want? You want a thank-you?

-[ Chuckles ] That's all right, Richard.

That's all right. I don't need your thank-you.

Unlike you, I don't need the world to tell me I'm great.

-Now to congratulate our Best Supporting Actress winner, Aunjanue Ellis, here's the talented young actress who plays Serena Williams in 'King Richard,' Demi Singleton.

-I am so happy to present the Movies for Grownups Best Supporting Actress award to Aunjanue Ellis. Congratulations.

-[ Laughs ] Thank you. Thank you so much, Demi.

I, I'm so excited for AARP recognizing me for the Movies for Grownups.

Thank you.

-The movie is called 'King Richard,' but you make sure that your character, Oracene, is also heroic.

-Yeah, I had a great script that Zach Baylin wrote, and then we had a great inspiration in Miss Oracene herself.

And I love that our movie, what we chose to do was tell the full story about their journey, and Miss Oracene is essential to that.

-We actually had to take a break during filming and go on hiatus during lockdown and quarantine and everything like that.

How did that affect your performance?

Did it affect your performance?

-Yeah, it did.

I think hopefully it made it better, you know?

I think when we started shooting, you know, we were a little raw, you know, still.

And for me, having that extra time, it just made me relax more.

I was still nervous, 'cause we were still in the middle of this crazy, you know, but I, I felt freer to play Miss Oracene.

-Yeah. I, I can totally relate to that with me playing Serena.

Anyways, Miss Aunjanue, you're wonderful in the film.

Once again, congratulations.

-Aww, thank you so much.

I just wanna give a shout-out and a thank-you to my superstar partner in this, Will Smith, who is an example of, yes, a superstar, but also a great man.

And my dazzling daughters, who, as you see in the young woman who introduced me, Demi Singleton, a treasure, my jewels, my daughters Demi Singleton, Saniyya Sidney, Mikayla Bartholomew, Layla Crawford, Daniele Lawson.

And finally, I wanna thank the Williams family -- Isha Price, Lyndrea Price, Venus, and Serena, who are heroes of mine on and off the court, and Mr. Richard Williams, who was the architect of this dream that was fantastical, but he made it real.

And finally to Miss Oracene.

I want you to feel that when my name is called, that you hear your name and that this applause you're hearing... [Claps hands] ...even though it's virtual, that applause is for you.

So, thank you, AARP Movies for Grownups.

Thank you, Demi.

And that's all I got.

♪♪♪ -For a screenwriter, adapting a well-known work can be a daunting task, while tinkering with a beloved piece of Americana can get you sent to literally prison.

But in the case of our winner for Best Screenwriter, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner has given context to a classic, exploring the sociopolitical roots of working-class racism and violence in 'West Side Story.'

Here's a look at Tony Kushner's brilliant work.

-What's forever?

Like, 'I wanna be with you forever.'

-You don't wanna start maybe with, 'I like to take you out to coffee'? -No, come on -- -'I wanna take you to Chock full o'Nuts for a cream cheese sandwich on a raisin bread'? -This ain't casual like that.

-Oh.

'I want to be with you forever.'

with you, -To present the Best Screenwriter award to Tony Kushner, here is one of the stars and executive producers of 'West Side Story,' Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and Oscar winner Rita Moreno.

-Thank you, Alan.

It is an absolute privilege and an honor for me to be here today with my dear and beloved friend Tony Kushner, who is receiving the Movies for Grownups Best Screenwriter Award.

-Thanks, Rita.

I, uh, had a wonderful time making 'West Side Story.'

I'm very, very proud of the movie that I wrote that Steven Spielberg directed.

You know, we wanted to take both the 1957, uh, original stage musical and the 1961 film that you may be familiar with and explore them, think about them, and then to make a new film that was very much in dialogue with what had gone before it and also added something new, uh, to the conversation.

And we were given room by Stephen Sondheim and the estates of the other three creators to, um, make up some very new stuff, for instance, the character of Valentina, which, uh, I made up so that I could get you to do this movie.

A lot of this, uh, that we did was inherent in the earlier material, which is, you know, I think profoundly anti-racist, anti-xenophobic, and it turned out that there was room for all of that in the musical.

But the value of a work of art can't really ultimately lie in its absolute correctness and its absolute perfection.

Art is valuable both for what it gets right and also sometimes for what it doesn't get right and for the conversations and discussions that it opens up.

The '61 film made a number of errors.

But on the other hand, there's your performance and the acclaim with which it was justifiably greeted.

And I believe that that had an immense impact in the world.

Um, did it solve everything?

Absolutely not, as you know.

-But listen, I wanna talk about, uh, Valentina for a moment, because this is one of the very few roles I've ever played, where I felt that the character had such a sense of dignity and of herself.

You gave me the opportunity to play a still character.

-I feel and Steven feels and I think millions of people feel that you're a great dramatic actress.

So the idea of giving you a part where you could really run with that felt like an incredibly exciting opportunity and, and important for the film.

What I didn't know, what none of us knew was how you and Ansel Elgort would work on-camera together, and it turned out that you had this kind of magnificent, magical chemistry.

You both loved working with each other.

-I don't think he knew what the hell to think of me, because I remember during our first days of shooting, he was interviewed, and he was asked, 'What do you think of Rita Moreno?'

He said something about, 'She doesn't have, uh, a censor.'

-[ Laughs ] -And then he made it clear that he thought that was delightful and that I was fun and all that.

And I remember reading that and saying, 'Yay!

Okay, we did it.'

Listen. I know we could go on forever.

I can't tell you how thrilled I am that you are being honored for a film that's for grownups.

I know it's also for young people, but I love that it's called the Movies for Grownups Best Screenwriter.

Congratulations, sweetie.

-Oh, thank you, Rita, and I want to say thank you to AARP for this, this award. It means a lot to me.

And anytime I get a chance to talk to you, it makes me very happy. So, thank you, darling.

-Bye-bye, everybody.

♪♪♪ -And now the award for Best Foreign Film.

This year's winner is a dramatic thriller that comes to us from China.

In the film, a man is driven to desperate measures in order to save his family from the dark side of the law after his eldest daughter is assaulted, and they commit an unexpected crime.

Here are a few moments from 'Sheep Without a Shepherd.'

[ Gunshot ] [ Crowd shouting indistinctly, chanting in foreign language ] ♪♪♪ Now to accept the award for Best Foreign Film, here's one of the stars of 'Sheep Without a Shepherd,' Joan Chen.

-Thank you, Alan, for the kind introduction.

I would like to thank Movies for Grownups and for recognizing 'Sheep Without a Shepherd.'

I'm very pleased that the grownups of this country also enjoyed the film, which did extremely well in the Chinese box office.

It was first released just before the pandemic and then re-released right after the theaters reopened.

Though millions watched it online during quarantine, they flocked back to the theaters when it was re-released.

The film is a taut mystery, but I believe the reason for its white appeal is because it's also a story about parental love and sacrifice, a theme that resonates with audiences across age groups and nationalities.

On behalf of 'Sheep Without a Shepherd' thank you again, Movies for Grownups, for the award.

♪♪♪ -And now here are the nominees for Best Actor.

-He didn't tell you the part where they throw your father in prison for the crime of being the mayor of a city!

-Javier Bardem in 'Being the Ricardos.'

-Believe me, you checked the wrong box.

-Don't touch it!

-Jim Broadbent in 'The Duke.'

-Jesus Christ.

-Christ is the man we need right now.

-How come? -Carpenter.

Someone who knows how to put a false back on that wardrobe.

-I can do that.

-Get on with it, then.

-Montfleury, you've abandoned the truth.

You've lost your core.

You don't remember how truth feels... -Peter Dinklage in 'Cyrano.'

-So now leave this stage never to return, and I'll applaud the new integrity you'll earn.

Exit Montfleury. [ Cheers and applause ] -You gonna be representing every little Black girl on earth.

-Will Smith in 'King Richard.'

-And you gonna be the one gotta go through that gate.

And I just never wanted you to look up... ...and see your daddy running away.

-I see thee yet, in form as palpable as this which now I draw.

-And Denzel Washington in 'The Tragedy of Macbeth.'

-Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going; And such an instrument I was to use.

Mine eyes are made the fools o' the other senses, Or else, worth all the rest.

-The award for Best Actor goes to... Will Smith in 'King Richard.'

To present the award to Will, here's the gifted young actress who plays Venus Williams in the film, Saniyya Sidney.

-Thanks, Mr. Alan.

'King Richard' follow the journey of the Williams family before they changed the sport of tennis forever.

I'm so excited and honored to present the Movie for Grownups Best Actor to one of my favorite grownups, my on-screen dad in 'King Richard,' Will Smith!

-Whoo! -Congratulations!

-Yeah!

-[ Laughs ] -Yeah, thank you, Saniyya.

This is our first one.

We've never done this together before.

-I know. -I just wanna say thank you to, you know, Movies for Grownups.

This is an absolute honor and having Saniyya present it, you know, this is one of the greatest roles and greatest movies and greatest experiences of my entire career.

So, uh, I am, I'm humbled and honored.

And thank you.

-For people who only have an image of Mr. Williams in the stands at Venus and Serena's matches, what did you want them to know about him through this film, Mr. Will?

-You know, he was so, uh, deeply misunderstood, and he didn't try to correct people.

You know, we were able to craft this film to be able to honor this family, to be able to honor their journey.

And it's one of those stories where you think you know, you know? You've seen him there in the stands, and you've seen all of those pictures, and, you know, you have an image of the overbearing father pounding his children into submission to succeed.

And that's just not who he was.

That's, that's not what happened.

This is a, this is a film about a family that is deeply entrenched in faith, in family, in love, in the the wild dream of this success.

It was a family effort.

You know, tennis was fifth on their list of priorities.

And I remember one time I asked Miss Oracene, 'Did you ever doubt?'

And she has this strange look on her face.

And she said, 'Doubt is the opposite of faith.

When you believe in God, there is no doubt.'

And there was such certainty.

And that was really what I wanted to make a movie about.

-Mr. Will, you said it all.

It was really an honor for me to work with you, and you made every day on set special and fun.

And even though I am not a grownup, I know this award is so well-deserved.

Once again, congratulations, and I love you.

-Thank you so much.

You know, I have done a whole lot in my career, and I have to tell you, I am moved to tears very often about what you were able to do in this film.

So thank you, and I'm glad we're able to dance this part of our journeys together.

-Yes.

-And I wanna say, uh, thank you to AARP for this award.

An honor for me, it's an honor for my movie family.

So from the bottom of my heart, thank you, and thank you from the Williams family, and we just, we, we deeply appreciate the honor.

♪♪♪ -In our final nominee for Best Movies for Grownups, writer/director Aaron Sorkin takes us behind the scenes of one of the greatest television comedies of all time, as the stars endure the stress of production, problems with their relationship, and the threat of losing it all during the 1950s Communist witch hunts.

♪♪♪ ♪ We love Lucy and Ricky, too ♪ ♪ In the story of Desilu ♪ ♪ They fight when he sleeps around ♪ ♪ She copes by being the nation's clown ♪ ♪ She needs Desi when life's a mess ♪ ♪ She's no Commie, despite the press ♪ ♪ This film's a treasure to see ♪ ♪ 'Cause we love Kidman and we love Bardem ♪ ♪ And Sorkin makes three ♪ Here's a clip from 'Being the Ricardos.'

♪♪♪ -Lucy, I'm home.

[ Laughter ] -Why is this coming out now?

-Lucille Ball's a threat to the American way of life.

-Does the FBI have any case against Lucy?

-I need you to help me save my marriage.

-How many times I gotta explain where I was and what I was doing?

-You gotta explain. -You being funny right now?

-I'm Lucille Ball. When I'm being funny, you'll know it.

This is getting out of hand. -Madness.

-Have you been cheating on me? -The story's made up.

-If they boo me?

-If they boo you, we're done.

♪♪♪ Sorry! I got lost for a second.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -You're my hero.

-I care about what works.

I care about what's funny.

[ Laughter ] I care about you.

-Good show. -Good show.

-Good show.

♪♪♪ -I'm gonna go back to my couch, which if you're like me is the best place to Netflix and chill.

If you're not like me, you're missing out.

Netflix brought us the film created by the winner of our next award, Best Director.

Here's a look at Jane Campion's work in 'The Power of the Dog.'

-You want me, Mr. Burbank?

-I don't see any Mr. Burbank here.

I'm Phil.

-Yes, Mr. Burbank.

-I guess it's hard for a young'un like you to call an old fella like me just plain Phil at first.

Now, come and take a look at this.

You done any braiding or plating yourself, Pete?

-No, I never have, sir.

-Peter, we kind of got off on the wrong foot.

-Did we, sir?

-Forget the sir stuff.

That can happen to people.

People who get to be good friends.

Well, you know what?

-What, what, Phil?

-Now, you see, you did it.

You called me Phil.

-And now here's the winner for Best Director, Jane Campion.

-Thank you to Movies for Grownups and I'm really grateful.

I mean, I love, uh, the idea of winning an award for telling stories for, for adults.

Um, and I'm not talking porn here.

Um, I think, you know, there's a real reward for growing up in the world. And I remember feeling that when I first started going and seeing European films and realizing that they were really talking about, uh, the question of who we are as people and what life is, and, you know, really involving yourself in the fascination of, um, existence.

And in a way, I felt like it was educating me, you know, how to be a human.

And these are the sorts of investigations that I love in novels and stories and, um, really made me sit up when I read 'The Power of the Dog,' because I felt like, 'Oh, here is a really exciting character study,' and actually four character studies.

But I really wanna put out a big thank-you, too, to my wonderful collaborators.

Uh, in every field, I just got so much support.

They love the story, as well.

And my actors, um, I mean, the embodiment of their characters really was my inspiration every day when I went on set.

And I'll just have to put out a little bit of a plug for my, uh, DOP, too, the first woman to be nominated at the BAFTAs and the second at the Oscars.

It's just a matter of trusting a woman with great instincts, with great creative feelings, and she's done an extraordinary job, and it was total pleasure to work with you, Ari.

So once more, I'm, I'm, I'm, I think it's great that you've got a society like this, and I'm really touched by the award.

Thank you.

♪♪♪ -And just like that, we've come to the final award of the night, Best Movie for Grownups.

Once again, here are the nominees.

'Being the Ricardos, 'Belfast,' 'King Richard,' 'The Power of the Dog,' 'West Side Story.'

The winner of this year's Best Movie for Grownups is... 'Belfast.'

Presenting to the writer and director of the film, Kenneth Branagh, is one of its stars, Judi Dench.

-Thank you, Alan.

Now, on behalf of AARP, I have to congratulate you, Kenneth, for winning the Best Picture in the Films for Grownups with 'Belfast.' Well done. -Well, thank you.

Thank you very much, Judi. Thank you, Alan.

Thank you, everybody at AARP.

Um, I believe it's the 20th celebration for this organization, and, um, it's a, it's funny, isn't it?

Actually, it's a sort of a bit of a paradox, Movies for Grownups, when this is a story about a very young person. -Yes.

-But it is partly about growing up.

And one of the things that's been rewarding about how this film plays is how so many people, should we call them, uh, experienced, who've seen the film seem to recognize in themselves some kind of moment where 9-year-old Buddy begins the process of becoming a grownup, whether he likes it or not, because the violence in the, in, in the North of Ireland that he experiences, um, changes life for him and for his family, uh, forevermore.

And as you know, we had a chance to put together an amazing film family, with Judi playing the grandmother and Ciarán Hinds as Pop, and Jamie Dornan and Caitriona Balfe as the parents of 9-year-old Buddy.

And it's largely inspired by things that happened in my own life, but the story seems to touch something universal.

-My own family is from Dublin.

And I understand that, that family connection very, very much so.

Uh, and I also, because I've known Ken for a long, long time now, uh, and we've worked together so many times, I understood the story he was telling and very much the situation of that time.

And so it rang a great many bells with me.

It was quite difficult, because we were all starting to be in lockdown.

And we were all incredibly well taken care of by Ken.

And it was a precious time.

And I think it meant a great deal to us all on many levels.

-It's funny for me that the end of the movie, we had a sequence where older Buddy, grownup Buddy comes back and visits Belfast, and we cut it out of the film because we believed that Buddy's younger story was the one to concentrate on.

But it feels very nice that a movie like this, that we're so proud of and so privileged to have made, should be recognized.

And if Buddy didn't come back, the AARP came back with a grownup voice that wasn't Buddy's, but was the voice of an audience that we've been so grateful for the support from.

And for us, this is an amazing, amazing achievement, great recognition.

And we're very, very grateful to the AARP for recognizing 'Belfast' as Best Picture.

♪♪♪ -Congratulations, Ken, and thank you, Judy, and congratulations to all of our winners.

To you and to all of the creative artists who enliven and enlighten our world with your contributions, we encourage you to keep telling stories for a grownup point of view.

Until next time, thank you and good night.

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