Robert Redford, Colin Firth, Phylicia Rashad act grown up at AARP movie awards
The annual celebration of movies acknowledges those for whom young Hollywood's foibles are more "been there, done that." It also happens to be a decorated but casual romp featuring living legends indulging in an open bar.
So gracefully illustrating this was Helen Mirren, honored for her awesomeness in "RED." Though the actress sent an acceptance speech via prerecorded message, she accurately conveyed the tone of the evening by saying, "There's nothing I love more than getting drunk and getting an award."
Cocktail hour at Los Angeles' Beverly Wilshire hotel saw hosts Dana Delany and Peter Gallagher chatting with the likes of Robert Redford (the Lifetime Achievement honoree), Jaclyn Smith, Kimberly Elise, Andy Garcia, Tony Bennett, Lori Laughlin, Geoffrey Rush, Rob Reiner, Angela Lansbury, Maria Bello and Amber Tamblyn.
Inside the ballroom, best actor winner Colin Firth might as well have been "Twilight" heartthrob Robert Pattinson -- women of all ages clamored for photos with "The King's Speech" star. (Click the pic of Jaclyn Smith, below, to see photos of Firth and many more from the gala.)
Hanging out with the AARP gang, no one is safe from an ultra-fan moment. Mimi Rogers, winner for co-producing the Denzel Washington action flick "Unstoppable," took her moments on stage to confess her adoration for Redford.
"I think I was 13 when 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' came out. ... I love you Robert Redford," she gushed.
A little more cryptic but still adoring was winner Phylicia Rashad, giving praise to Tyler Perry, the man behind her turn in "For Colored Girls."
"To Tyler Perry, who everyone thinks they know ... good luck with that one," she said, adding that Perry had walked away from adapting the famous play five times.
Bringing some levity was Carl Reiner, presenting his son Rob Reiner with the best intergenerational film award for "Flipped."
Rob's first thank you was to his dad: "I want to thank my father for making love to my mother 64 years ago," he said.
-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: Sally Field and Robert Redford at AARP Magazine's 10th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Feb. 7, 2011. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images