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I WILL Grow Up: Kevin Costner and Others Recognized at the 14th Annual AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Gala

Legendary 60-year-old American actor Kevin Costner was honored with a Career Achievement Award at the 14th Annual American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) Movies for Grownups event taking place on the evening of Monday, February 2nd at the luxurious Beverly Wilshire Hotel located at 9500 Wilshire Boulevard near Neiman Marcus and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Costner is well known for backing and acting in big screen classics such as Bull Durham, Dances With Wolves, Field of Dreams, JFK, 13 Days, and The Untouchables dedicated to preserving the legacy of American history and culture.

Kevin Costner with the wife Christine Baumgartner

Kevin Costner with the wife Christine Baumgartner. Photos by Mikhail Urubkov

Costner remains one of the nation’s best known and loved screen idols after decades of productivity. He and second wife Christine fielded press questions on the pre-event red carpet along with numerous Hollywood personalities such as Dame Joan Collins, Valerie Harper, Jane Seymour, Maria Shriver, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, and George Takei.

75-year-old actress Valerie Harper had changed very little in appearance since her groundbreaking comedic role as Rhoda Morgenstern in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Attired in avant-garde black with a unique semiprecious stone pendant created by a friend, Harper still had the power to bring young fans to tears with her warm and approachable manner. Ever engaged, she seemed pleased to go global thanks to coverage supplied by

Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper. Photos by Mikhail Urubkov.


Svetlana Krapivina,

Svetlana Krapivina, Photos by Mikhail Urubkov.

63-year-old actress Jane Seymour commented that she preferred films dealing with the human condition to those merely loaded with mindless special effects. Seymour wore a stunning flesh-colored lace sheath created by 66-year-old Chinese-born couture designer Sue Wong, who is one of Ms. Seymour’s closest friends and neighbors in Malibu and inhabits a museum-like private estate known as the Cedars. The oftentimes superior insights and skills that come with age were most definitely on display this evening.

Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour. Photos by Mikhail Urubkov.

59-year-old Former First Lady of California Maria Shriver was dressed in a dignified all black ensemble befitting her past position. Shriver is the executive producer of Still Alice, a film starring AARP Best Actress recipient Julianne Moore that features a female linguistics professor ironically caught in the word-forgetting throes of early onset Alzheimer’s. Maria Shriver is a long- time advocate for families struggling with Alzheimer’s as her father, Sargent, was diagnosed with the disease in 2003. After a valiant fight Sargent Shriver died in 2011 at the age of 95 following an illustrious career as a statesman and social activist. Married to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Sargent was the driving force behind the foundation of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Peace Corps, Job Corps, and Head Start programs and also served as a US Ambassador to France.

Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver. Photos by Mikhail Urubkov.

Also spotted were such distinguished AARP associates as Board of Directors member Fernando Torres-Gil, who received many aging-related appointments under the Clinton and Obama administrations. He is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He is also the Director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging. Torres-Gil likewise serves as Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at the USC Davis School of Gerontology.

Prominent event sponsors included Porsche, which displayed a sizzling black car on the red carpet, and USC’s Keck School of Medicine. The high-ceilinged Beverly Wilshire Hotel with its marble columns and statues and bouquets of all white flowers was a fitting venue for the many well-established talents who attended to present and receive the AARP awards. Actor John Leguizamo ably hosted the event featuring a multi-course sit-down dinner and clips for the audience to view from all the honored films. Rick Springfield also presented a lively montage of upcoming films for 2015. Presentations and presenters were as follows:

Best Picture: The Theory of Everything, presented by Jeremy Irons and accepted by co-stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.
Best Actress: Julianne Moore in Still Alice, presented by Maria Shriver.
Best Actor: Steve Carell in Foxcatcher, presented by John Ratzenberger and accepted by Ken Howard who read a letter from the absent honoree.
Best Supporting Actress: Rene Russo in Nightcrawler, presented by David S. Ward.
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons in Whiplash, presented by Damien Chazelle.
Best Director: Richard Linklater for Boyhood, presented by Patricia Arquette.
Best Screenwriter(s): Nick Hornby and Cheryl Strayed for Wild, presented in absentia by Laura Dern.
Best Grownup Love Story: Love is Strange, presented by George and Brad Takei.
Best Comedy: Chef, presented by Emjay Anthony and accepted by Jon Favreau.
Best Documentary: Keep On Keepin’ On, presented by Justin Kauflin and accepted by Alan Hicks and Paula DuPre Pesman.
Breakthrough Achievement: Israel Horovitz for directing My Old Lady at the age of 74, presented by daughter Rachel Horovitz.
Best Intergenerational Film: St. Vincent, presented by Kathryn Tyus-Adait and accepted by Jaeden Liberher.
Best Buddy Picture: Land Ho!, presented by Wendie Malick and Penelope Ann Miller and accepted by co-stars Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson.
Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up: The Lego Movie, presented by Chris Pratt and accepted by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
Reader’s Choice: Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, presented by Bob Love and accepted by Jason Hall.
Best Foreign Film: Diplomacy.
Best Time Capsule: Big Eyes.
Career Achievement Award Recipient: Kevin Costner, presented by Octavia Spencer.

Overall the selection of AARP Movies for Grownups awardees reflected more mature tastes and values than are sometimes seen in youth-oriented Hollywood. Event proceeds exceeding $100,000 from sponsorships will benefit the AARP Foundation.

AARP is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a membership of more than 37 million. It advocates for consumers of 50 years and over in the marketplace and offers discounts on a wide range of products, travel opportunities, and services.

AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; AARP TV & Radio; and AARP Books. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read more about AARP at

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