John Leguizamo Hosts AARP The Magazine Annual Movies for Grownups Gala -- February 2nd

           Top honors go to Julianne Moore as “Best Actress” for her heartbreaking portrayal of a woman’s battle with early onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice, and to Steve Carell as “Best Actor” for his chilling depiction as wannabe wrestling coach John E. du Pont in Foxcatcher. Rene Russo snags “Best Supporting Actress”for her comeback role in Nightcrawler; and J.K. Simmons earns the title of “Best Supporting Actor” for his menacing veracity in Whiplash. Additionally, Kevin Costner will also be presented with the esteemedMovies for Grownups® Career Achievement Award. This year’s award recipients will be celebrated at AARP’s Annual Movies for Grownups Gala, to be held in Los Angeles on February 2nd and hosted by comedian and actor John Leguizamo.

       “The films represented on this year’s list are a reflection of Hollywood’s increased focus on creating compelling storylines that directly appeal to the 50+ audience,” said Bob Love, Editor-in-Chief of AARP The Magazine. “We’re thrilled to see the continued growth in the number of large, studio-driven films that focus on this important demographic and are extremely excited to recognize this year’s best writers, directors, and actors over 50 for their inspirational and exceptional work at our annual awards gala.”

The 14th Annual Movies for Grownups® Award winners are:

  • Career Achievement: Kevin Costner
  • Best Picture: The Theory of Everything
  • Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  • Best Actor: Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
  • Best Supporting Actress: Rene Russo, Nightcrawler
  • Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
  • Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • Best Screenwriter: Nick Hornby and Cheryl Strayed, Wild
  • Best Grownup Love Story: Love is Strange
  • Best Comedy: Chef
  • Best Documentary: Keep on Keepin’ On
  • Breakthrough Achievement: Israel Horovitz, Director, My Old Lady
  • Best Intergenerational Film: St. Vincent
  • Best Buddy Picture: Land Ho!
  • Best Time Capsule: Big Eyes
  • Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up: The Lego Movie
  • Best Foreign Film: Diplomacy

The awards gala will raise funds for the AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, which works in communities across the nation to help struggling older adults  meet their basic need for nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, adequate income and much-needed personal connections. With support from Chase Credit Card Services, this year’s Gala will also support the Foundation’s work to end older adult hunger. 

For more information about AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards, go online tohttp://www.aarp.org/content/aarp/en/home/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-2015/mfg-winners-2015-photo.html#slide1 and www.aarp.org/movies. The entire list of award winners will also be featured in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine, available in homes February 1st.