HOLLYWOOD — While the movies might have been for grownups, at Tuesday’s Hotel Bel-Air AARP kudo dinner, the awards went to stand-ins.
The senior-skewing mag had a thoughtfully chosen lineup for its Movies for Grownups Awards, but even though the winners knew they’d won in advance, the majority of honorees sent a rep.
As an example, Clint Eastwood tapped his “Flags of Our Fathers” editor Joel Cox; Helen Mirren dispatched “The Queen” costume designer Consolata Boyle; and Doug Block, the helmer on docu “51 Birch Street,” sent both his parents.
However, Lassie, who had a nom in the “Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up” category, was on hand.
And when you’re dealing with this crowd, it would appear best to start early and move quickly.
As an example, co-host Martin Sheen made a grand salute to Mickey Rooney, but as the crowd applauded it was apparent he’d already left.
Later Jacinda Barrett was intro’d as presenting to “The Last Kiss” thesp Blythe Danner, but Barrett was gone, too. “I guess she left with Mickey Rooney,” said Sheen.