Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta Jones had a fun evening out at AARP’s 15th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards.
The event, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, was a glamorous evening celebrating standout filmmakers, actors, actresses and movies with unique relevance for the 50-plus audience.
Highlights from the evening included a touching tribute to Career Achievement honoree Douglas, whose award was presented by Bette Midler.
Douglas, looked in fine form following his throat cancer diagnosis in 2010.
“I’m cancer-free and five years out,” he told reporters. “And that normally means that everything’s over. Health becomes a priority. Working out, you’re watching your diet. Watching how much you drink, that kind of stuff.”
Jane Fonda presented the Best Actress statue to her Grace and Frankie co-star Lily Tomlin for Grandma, and Lou Gossett Jr. presented Morgan Freeman with the Best Grownup Love Story honor for his role in 5 Flights Up.
Actress Laura Dern was a surprise presenter for her mother Diane Ladd to whom she gave both a moving tribute and the Best Supporting Actress award for Joy.
Michael Peña presented Ridley Scott with his Best Director and Reader’s Choice awards for The Martian and legendary performer Dick Van Dyke delighted the crowd as he handed Bryan Cranston the Best Actor trophy for Trumbo.
In other award highlights: Host Kathy Griffin kept the energy high with self-deprecating jokes and singer Thelma Houston performed “Don’t Leave Me this Way” from The Martian, complete with disco balls turning the awards ballroom into a nightclub.
Other distinguished guests included Mark Ruffalo, Tom McCarthy, Ryan Coogler, Phylicia Rashad, Carl Weathers, David O. Russell, Joy Mangano, Nancy Meyers, Adam Devine, Patricia Clarkson, Elizabeth Banks, Sherry Lansing, Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera, Robert Forster, June Squibb, Paula Poundstone, Rita Moreno, Ed Asner, Rob Friedman, Wendie Malick, Bruce Boxleitner, Susan Blakely, John Savage, and Dee Wallace. Committee members Ken Scherer, Sid Ganis, Ed Begley, Jr., Doug Collins and Joe Lumarda also attended.