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Movies for Grownups Gala: A Very Starry Night
Posted By Bill Newcott On February 11, 2014 @ 5:06 am In Your Life | Comments Disabled
It was a night for classic Hollywood star power to blend with the youthful glow of filmmaking’s future as the 13th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Gala unfolded in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday.
Nine Oscar hopefuls and a parade of entertainment legends took the stage at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to celebrate Susan Sarandon, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and other winners of this year’s awards, announced in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine.
Along with celebrating movies made for the 50-plus audience, the awards dinner raised awareness for the AARP Foundation ’s work to relieve hunger among older Americans — which includes a partnership with L.A. Kitchen.
The evening was full of warm reunions such as the one among gala host-committee members Jane Seymour, Susan Blakely, Michael Nouri and Frances Fisher, and the celebration of friendships some formed thanks to the work they do in movies. Among the moments:
Fighting words from Breakthrough Achievement winner, Last Vegas costar Mary Steenburgen: “I’m not even close to the expiration date on my dreams, and I appreciate AARP for recognizing that radical concept!”
Kathy Griffin paid tribute to her mother, too: Maggie, 93, came to the gala with her. “She is responsible for this!” said Griffin, striking a provocative pose.
Best Director Cuaron (Gravity) stood at his seat and enthusiastically applauded Steve McQueen, director of the Best Movie for Grownups winner 12 Years a Slave. When a tablemate observed that one of the two would likely soon win the Best Director Oscar, Cuaron shrugged and said, “Or Alexander Payne … or David O. Russell … or Marty Scorsese!”
Photo credit: Bill Newcott
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