Third annual PBS telecast features Tony Danza as host
If the aging-concerned AARP is going to sanction film honors, it’s logical for them to be called the Movies for Grownups Awards.
Though the event has existed for almost two decades, it’s been televised only since 2018 by PBS’ “Great Performances,” which shows the 19th annual edition staged by AARP The Magazine on Sunday, Jan. 19 (check local listings). Recorded the previous weekend at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Calif., the ceremony – celebrating, per AARP, “films that resonate with older viewers” — is hosted by Tony Danza and features the presentation of a Career Achievement Award to Annette Bening.
“I’m excited about this,” Danza says. “I wish I had a few really great movies under my own belt that I could point to. But Annette Bening is such a favorite of mine, and I know a lot of these people, so it’s exciting for me to be there and do the job.”
Actually, along with his television successes in “Taxi” and “Who’s the Boss?,” Danza has earned his own acclaim for films with mature themes … perhaps most notably 2004’s Oscar-winning “Crash,” casting him as an actor who calmly challenges his director (Terrence Howard).
“I really wanted the part that Matt Dillon got, the racist cop,” Danza notes, ”but it didn’t go my way. Then Paul (Haggis, the film’s director and co-writer) said, ‘You know, I’ve got this other part,’ and I said, ‘OK. I’d love to be in it.’ Then, after we went to a screening of it, Matt came up to me and said, ‘I think (yours is) the most real scene in the movie.’ So, I felt very good about it.”
Following are the nominees in several categories in the 19th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards: