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Thursday 22 March 2018

Michael Douglas' Hollywood career honoured at AARP awards

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones attend AARP's 15th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (AP)
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones attend AARP's 15th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (AP)

Hollywood star Michael Douglas' career has been honoured at the AARP Movies For Grownups Awards.

The star of Fatal Attraction, Wall Street and many other movies joked at the ceremony that his assistant mistakenly told him he was receiving an award for his work in adult films.

Douglas, who appeared with his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, was given the career achievement award at the advocacy group AARP's annual gala, which honours stars over the age of 50 and the films which speak to that demographic.

The newspaper drama Spotlight was selected as best picture at the 15th annual ceremony, while Mark Rylance was chosen as best supporting actor for Bridge of Spies, with Bryan Cranston named best actor for Trumbo.

Lily Tomlin was honoured as best actress for Grandma, while Diane Ladd was awarded the best supporting actress trophy for Joy.

"I think when we set out to make this movie, we weren't thinking about whether it was for kids or for grownups," said Spotlight filmmaker Tom McCarthy.

"Collectively, we understood that it was a story we had to tell. It was that important. We hoped it would reach everybody who needed to hear it."

Bryan Cranston joked: "I'm delighted to be here tonight - and not just because my AARP gives me a deep discount on the parking."

In her speech, Ladd took issue with the competitive race for supporting actress at this year's Academy Awards, which she is not among.

"I'm a little ticked off that the studios with greed put stars in films in the best supporting Oscar category," said Ladd.

"That's not right. Rooney Mara won the best actress category at Cannes (for Carol). Why is she in my supporting category?"

At the beginning of night, show host Kathy Griffin joked that #OscarsSoYoung should be trending on Twitter and that she felt comfortable mocking youngsters at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel ceremony in Beverly Hills, California.

Other winners Monday included The Intern as best comedy, Love & Mercy as best time capsule, The Last Man on the Moon as best documentary, Learning to Drive as best buddy picture, 5 Flights Up as best grownup love story, Rams as best foreign film, Inside Out for best movie for grownups who refuse to grow up and Creed as best intergenerational film.

"I'm one of those weird millennials," said Creed director Ryan Coogler during his acceptance speech, which he jokingly left Sylvester Stallone out of in a nod to the Rocky star not thanking him at the Golden Globes.

Other attendees at Monday's star-studded ceremony included Morgan Freeman, Bette Midler, Patricia Clarkson, June Squibb, Phylicia Rashad, Elizabeth Banks, Mark Ruffalo and Dick Van Dyke.

"I expected to see a lot of old people here," joked Van Dyke. "I'm 90. I'm probably like the oldest person in this room!"

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