REELZ To Air AARP's 14th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards Gala on Sunday, February 22 at 1pm ET/ 10am PT

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The Star-Studded Awards Gala Honors Outstanding Writing, Acting and Filmmaking with Distinct Relevance to the 50-Plus Audience. Kevin Costner Saluted with Career Achievement Award

REELZ today announced AARP’s 14th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards Gala will air Sunday, February 22 at 1pm ET/ 10am PT. Boasting an impressive turnout of celebrities and honoring 2014’s standout filmmakers and artists who have created the best movies with special appeal to audiences over 50 years of age, the hour-long broadcast airing on Oscar® day will feature all the excitement of the red carpet as well as highlights from the awards podium as told by KTLA entertainment anchor Sam Rubin and former Good Day LA co-host Dorothy Lucey.

Hosted by John Leguizamo, this year’s affair presents top honors to Julianne Moore as “Best Actress” for her heartbreaking portrayal of a woman’s battle with early onset Alzheimer’s in "Still Alice" and Steve Carell as “Best Actor” for his gifted performance in "Foxcatcher". Plus, "The Lego Movie" is deemed the “Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up”, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones take the stage to accept the award for this year’s “Best Picture” "The Theory of Everything" and Kevin Costner receives a Career Achievement award adding him to an illustrious list of past honorees including Robert De Niro, Robert Redford and Susan Sarandon.

Viewers will have additional chances to watch the 14th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Gala with encore airings on Sunday, February 22 at 2am ET/ 11pm PT and Monday, February 23 at 9am ET/ 6am PT.

“AARP’s Annual Movies for Grown-ups Awards is all about celebrating movies and stars with universal appeal,” said Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of REELZ. “REELZ is proud that an independent network is able to bring this event to television for the first time, connecting viewers across the country with the excitement of Hollywood wherever it happens--especially just ahead of Oscar® night, the biggest movie celebration day of the year.”

“With so many innovative and quality movies and performances each year, the Movies for Grownups® Awards are deeply appreciated by the creative community,” said Sam Rubin, producer and red carpet host of the 14th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Gala. “REELZ is a go-to destination on the dial for signature television events and we’re thrilled that for the first time viewers across the country will be able to share in the excitement of this one-of-a-kind, star-studded celebration.”

In an industry obsessed with youth, AARP’s Movies for Grownups column was developed in 2002 by the editors of "AARP The Magazine" who deliberately sought to draw attention to great films that featured actors, directors or plot themes that spoke to moviegoers over 50 years old. The annual Awards winners are published in the February/March issue of "AARP The Magazine" and are celebrated at AARP’s annual Movies for Grownups Awards gala each February in Los Angeles.

AARP’s 14th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards gala raised over $100,000 for the 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 much-needed personal connections.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces "AARP The Magazine", the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; http://www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at http://www.aarp.org.

About REELZCHANNEL—Hollywood Happens Here™
REELZ is a leading independent cable and satellite general entertainment network, connecting its viewers across America with the magic, wonder and excitement of Hollywood wherever it happens. The network is home to cutting-edge factual entertainment and reality programs, compelling television events, miniseries, movies and series featuring big stories and big stars. Programming ranges from the critically acclaimed and award-winning "The Kennedys" to "Hollywood Hillbillies", "TMZ Hollywood Sports", "Beverly Hills Pawn", "OK! TV", "Hollywood Scandals" and much more that connects directly to the world of entertainment. REELZ also showcases top movie and entertainment expert Leonard Maltin and who provides specific on-air recommendations for movies viewers can watch at home.

REELZ reaches 70 million homes on DIRECTV channel 238, Dish Network channel 299, Verizon FiOS TV channel 233, AT&T U-verse channels 799/1799HD and cable systems nationwide. Find REELZ in your area by entering your zip code at http://www.reelz.com/watch. REELZ is a High-Definition network and if a cable or satellite provider doesn’t carry it that way, we encourage viewers to call and ask for REELZ in HD. Owned by Hubbard Media Group, REELZ is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM with national ad sales based in New York City with offices in Boston and Chicago. As one of the last truly independent television networks remaining in today’s media landscape REELZ has created the Independence Happens Here™ website to help keep free thought and innovation alive by highlighting the importance of independent businesses. The website can be found at http://IndependenceHappensHere.com 

For more information, please contact the REELZ Media Line
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