Monday night’s AARP awards revealed the one corner of Hollywood where the otherwise coveted 18-49 demographic need not apply.
Dubbed the “Movies for Grown Ups” awards, presenters and honorees at the anti-Kids’ Choice awards at the Beverly Wilshire uttered a common refrain: consumers over 50 want movies for grown-ups, made by grown-ups.
Also, they want Oscar contenders.
Hours after the Academy’s prime nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton, many awards stakeholders filed back into the industry’s other favorite weeknight awards-dinner spot. Attendees included Bryan Cranston, Mark Ruffalo, Ridley Scott, Tom Ortenberg, David O. Russell, Ryan Coogler, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Morgan Freeman. Here are the top 10 things we saw and heard:
The two stars of one of the earliest viral videos hung out together backstage, before Russell had to bail out to his wife’s birthday party.
Michael Douglas‘s “Sex Trilogy”
The star of “Fatal Attraction,” “Basic Instinct,” and “Disclosure” earned multiple references to his early 90’s work, dubbed a “sex trilogy” during his night as the lifetime achievement award winner. He got a standing ovation.
“The last time I got a standing ovation was when I beat cancer five years ago,” Douglas said.
After Sly had to sheepishly return to the mic during a commercial break at the Golden Globes to shout Coogler and Michael B. Jordan their due, Coogler followed up his Sly-free speech on Monday night by returning to the mic to thank the “Rocky” originator.
“Unlike the Rocky in the film, (Sly’s) always on his phone. We text all the time,” he said.
Category Creep Part 1: Diane Ladd on Rooney Mara
“Rooney Mara won best actress in Cannes. Why is she in my category?” – “Joy” winner Diane Ladd in accepting the Best Supporting Actress award. Ladd’s comments were directed at other awards shows, as Rooney Mara was not a nominee in either the best or supporting actress categories at the AARP awards.
Jane Fonda: Clock Watcher
Breaking Bad: “Like Eating Peanuts”
“I’m what’s left of Dick Van Dyke,” the 90-year-old veteran actor deadpanned. He admitted to recently discovering binge viewing thanks to “Breaking Bad,” saying that watching it was like “eating peanuts. You couldn’t stop.”
“Spotlight”: Screening at the Vatican
“Spotlight” co-writer and director Tom McCarthy announced that the Best Picture contender opened a three-day summit on sex abuse at a Vatican summit. “We all feel a privilege to be able to tell this story,” McCarthy said to close the night, accepting the AARP Best Picture award.
The “Spotlight” team is heading east as well. Almost all are heading to London for the Valentine’s Day BAFTAs this weekend.
Paula Poundstone Casts Sherry Lansing as a Publicist
Sherry Lansing called Douglas a “lifelong friend,” an accolade earned from making ten movies together. The former Paramount studio chief also credited Douglas with ceding dialogue to co-stars. Paula Poundstone went in to a cross-examination mode.
“When you give away lines,” she said to Douglas, “is it like ‘I’m not going to f—ing say this!?‘ I think Sherry Lansing put some spin on that”.
Category Creep Part 2: “The Martian” Meets The Last Man on the Moon
Astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, got the first standing ovation of the night. Backstage, he met “The Martian” director Ridley Scott. “I just met a real astronaut and I think he approved of what we did. That makes me happy,” Scott said.
What’s still making Scott less happy? “The Martian’s” Golden Globe slug as a comedy. “Totally bulls—,” Scott said, enduringly salty a month after that curious categorization became moot.
Adam Devine: In Search of a Fake ID
“It’s only in this room I can show how big the font is,” Meyers revealed of her printed acceptance speech.
Here is the full list of AARP “Movies for Grownups” Award Winners, broken down by their bolded Oscar status:
Current Oscar nominees awarded AARP Awards:
Winners from Oscar-nominated films
Non-Oscar Race AARP Winners