WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Legendary performer Bette Midler, Award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo, Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda, actress Rachel McAdams, Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr., the original Apollo Creed, Carl Weathers, up-and-coming director Ryan Coogler, Joy Mangano herself and Boston Globe reporter Ben Bradlee Jr. will join host Kathy Griffin to celebrate 2015's standout filmmakers, actors, actresses and movies with unique relevance for the 50-plus audience. The awards will raise funds for 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 strong, sustaining social bonds.
Sponsored by AARP Credit Cards from Chase, proceeds from this year's Movies for Grownups® event will support AARP Foundation's work in the Los Angeles area to create and advance effective solutions to help struggling people 50 and older secure the essentials.
"In addition to honoring outstanding performances and filmmaking, AARP's Movies for Grownups® Awards underscore the tremendous appetite for great movies that exists in the 50-plus market," said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. "We've seen that the 50-plus audience, as one of the nation's fastest growing demographics, supports creative endeavors that speak to it."
"It's inspiring that these talented performers and artists are helping to draw attention to the cause of senior poverty," said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of AARP Foundation. "Poverty remains a persistent and often invisible problem among older adults, with almost 10 percent of people 65 and older living below the poverty line. We are deeply heartened to have the support of these artists and the Movies for Grownups Awards to increase awareness of this important issue."
Also attending the awards show on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles are Michael Douglas (Career Achievement Award), Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lily Tomlin (Best Actress-Grandma), Bryan Cranston (Best Actor-Trumbo), Diane Ladd (Best Supporting Actress-Joy), Tom McCarthy (Best Picture- Spotlight), Mark Ruffalo (Best Picture- Spotlight), Ridley Scott (Best Director-The Martian), David O. Russell (Best Screenwriter-Joy), Nancy Meyers (Best Comedy-The Intern), Morgan Freeman (Best Grownup Love Story-5 Flights Up), Patricia Clarkson (Best Buddy Picture-Learning to Drive), Irwin Winkler (Best Intergenerational-Creed), Phylicia Rashad (Best Intergenerational-Creed), Bill Pohlad (Best Time Capsule-Love & Mercy), Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera (Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up-Inside Out) and committee members Sherry Lansing, Rob Friedman, Ed Begley Jr., June Squibb, Robert Forster, Ed Asner, Sid and Nancy Hult Ganis, and Ken Scherer.
About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50-plus by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income, and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is a charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.
About AARP The Magazine's Movies For Grownups® Awards
The annual Movies for Grownups® Awards raises funds for AARP Foundation, AARP's affiliated charity, which works in communities nationwide to address the needs of older Americans by investing in innovative solutions that tackle the causes of the challenges they face: the need for functional and affordable housing, adequate and nutritious food, steady income, and strong and sustaining social bonds. Chase Card Services will be the Premier sponsor of the event.
The Movies For Grownups® multimedia franchise includes talent interviews, weekly online reviews and previews, film festivals, free movie screenings and year-round coverage in print and online. For more information about Movies for Grownups® visit www.aarp.org/annual-mfg-awards. Twitter: twitter.com/Movies4Grownups
About AARP The Magazine
With nearly 36 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the world's largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50+. AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer interest information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews. AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is published bimonthly in print and continually online. Learn more at www.aarp.org/magazine/. Twitter: twitter.com/AARP
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