With Chef star John Leguizamo as host and Kevin Costner as recipient of the Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award, the gala celebrates the best of films with special relevance and appeal to the 50+ audience.
Expected among the stars on the red carpet at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel are two performers who won Screen Actors Guild awards last weekend and are considered shoo-ins for Academy Awards later this month: Julianne Moore, whose performance in Still Alice earned the MFG Best Actress award, and J.K. Simmons, who will take home the Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash.
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, also both up for acting Oscars, will accept the Best Movie for Grownups award for their film The Theory of Everything. And Richard Linklater, nominated for both directing and writing Oscars, will pick up his second MFG trophy, this time as Best Director for Boyhood. Oscar nominee and SAG award winner Patricia Arquette, who stars in Boyhood, will present Linklater with his honor.
The lineup of presenters is as stellar as that of the honorees, beginning with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, who costars with Costner in the new movie Black or White and who will present his Career Achievement Award. The presenter list also includes Oscar nominees Laura Dern (Wild) and Damien Chazelle (adapted screenplay, Whiplash), Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons, Chris Pratt, Maria Shriver, AARP YouTube star George Takei, Rick Springfield, John Ratzenberger, Wendie Malick, Penelope Ann Miller and Emjay Anthony, the 11-year-old in Chef, who will give his Chef costar Jon Favreau the honor for Best Comedy.
In addition to the celebration of Hollywood’s best, the night of glamour and excitement is a fundraising event to benefit AARP Foundation’s efforts to relieve hunger among Americans 50-plus.
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For 10 years, the Movies for Grownups Awards Gala has been one of Hollywood’s most anticipated evenings. This year, for the first time, millions of TV viewers will have an opportunity to share the excitement as a special red-carpet show will air on stations nationwide in the weeks following Monday’s honors. Check local listings for dates and times.
Also follow live coverage Monday on Twitter (@movies4grownups) and Facebook (Movies For Grownups) and go to AARP.org Tuesday for full coverage of the fashions and the fun.
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