Monday, January 06, 2014

2014 Movies for Grownups Awards

Best Movie for Grownups

12 Years a Slave

America had a century or so to make the definitive movie about slavery, but it took the British-born team of director Steve McQueen and star Chiwetel Ejiofor to finally do it. The true story of a free black man sold into slavery in the years before the Civil War manages to crystalize the diabolical combination of savage brutality and condescending paternalism that sustained America's Original Sin. Through sheer artistry, it remains a beautifully realized film.

3 Jan 2014 23:31 Africa/Lagos

AARP The Magazine Announces Winners Of Its 13th Annual Movies For Grownups® Awards

Standout Films for the 50+ Audience Celebrated in the Magazine's February/March 2014 Issue and at Annual Gala in Los Angeles on February 10 th

 "There are great movies, and there are important movies," says AARP’s Meg Grant in her review. "'12 Years a Slave' is both." It’s also the Best Movie for Grownups. — Fox Searchlight

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The epic historical drama 12 Years a Slave has nabbed the title of 2013's Best Movie for Grownups, as voted by the editors of AARP The Magazine . Honoring outstanding writing, acting, and filmmaking with distinct relevance to the 50+ audience, AARP today announced the winners of its 13th annual Movies for Grownups® Awards. Top acting honors go to Judi Dench for the second straight year as "Best Actress" for her outstanding portrayal of the title character in Philomena; Bruce Dern nabs "Best Actor" for his haunting performance in Nebraska ; Oprah Winfrey snags "Best Supporting Actress" for her stoic role in Lee Daniels' The Butler; and Chris Cooper earns the title of "Best Supporting Actor" for his intensity in August: Osage County. The recipients of this year's awards will be honored at AARP's annual Movies for Grownups gala, to be held in Los Angeles on February 10 th.


"These films and performances represent the best of the best Hollywood has to offer and we're thrilled to see more and more storylines and roles being created to appeal to the 50+ audience," said Bob Love, Editor-in-Chief of AARP The Magazine. "We spent hundreds of hours screening 2013's eligible blockbusters and independent films to recommend to our readers. This season boasted truly remarkable performances by older actors, and powerful stories from writers and directors who are over 50. It's been a landmark year for Movies for Grownups and all of Hollywood, and we applaud the commitment to quality."

The 13th Annual Movies for Grownups® Award winners are as follows:

Best Movie for Grownups: 12 Years a Slave.
Best Actress: Judi Dench, Philomena.
Best Actor: Bruce Dern, Nebraska.
Best Supporting Actress: Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels' The Butler.
Best Supporting Actor: Chris Cooper, August: Osage County.
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity.
Best Screenwriter: Richard Linklater (with Julie Delphy and Ethan Hawke), Before Midnight.
Best Grownup Love Story: Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, Enough Said.
Best Comedy: The Way Way Back.
Best Intergenerational Movie: Nebraska.
Best Documentary: 20 Feet From Stardom.
Breakthrough Accomplishment: Mary Steenburgen singing in Last Vegas.
Best Foreign Film: Renoir.
Best Buddy Picture: Last Vegas.
Best Time Capsule: American Hustle.
Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up: Saving Mr. Banks.
Judge's Award for Extraordinary Merit: All Is Lost.

Additionally, readers were invited to participate and vote for their pick for "Best Movie for Grownups" online. After thousands of online votes, the 2013 Reader's Choice Award goes to Lee Daniels' The Butler .

For more information on AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards, go online to The entire list of award winners will also be featured in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine, available in homes February 1 st.

Movies for Grownups, which now includes weekly reviews and an award-winning radio program, an annual film festival, and year-round coverage in AARP The Magazine and online, was started in 2002 by the editors of AARP The Magazine.

About AARP The Magazine
With more than 35.2 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the world's largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50+. AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer interest information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews. AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is published bimonthly in print and continually online. Learn more at

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 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;; 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

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